Chemicals archive

  • German Bundestag with German flag flying on top

    German Parliament discusses ClientEarth report on Commission’s illegal endocrine disruptor plan

    A ClientEarth report saying the Commission’s proposals on endocrine disruptors (EDCs) is illegal will be presented in the German Bundestag today.

  • Neonics: What is bad for bees is also bad for us

    Losing our pollinators would have huge implications for human health. New evidence shows how important the ban on neonicotinoids is for protecting our bees.

  • Bee approaching flower

    New bee-threatening pesticides should also be banned

    The increased use of bee-threatening pesticide sulfoximines could undermine the current ban on neonicotinoids, and have serious implications for the future of pollinators, food production and human health.

  • Photo of child in sea to illustrate story saying Legal challenge launched as toxic plasticiser DEHP approved following bungled procedure

    Legal challenge launched as toxic plasticiser DEHP approved following bungled procedure

    A legal challenge has been filed by environmental lawyers ClientEarth after hormone-harming chemical DEHP was authorised in recycled plastics for another four years by the European Commission.

  • Close up picture of girls green eyes red hair

    Commission endocrine disruptor plan is illegal

    ClientEarth analysis shows the Commission’s proposal for indentifying and outlawing endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDC) is illegal. If the Commission forces through its proposals, it has exceeded its delegated powers.

  • Photo of child playing in sand for a story saying Commission endocrine disruptor plan is illegal

    Commission endocrine disruptor plan is illegal – new report

    New analysis shows the Commission’s plan for identifying and outlawing endocrine disruptors is illegal.

  • Photo of child painting to illustrate story about Commission definition of endocrine disruptors protecting only chemicals industry

    Commission’s endocrine disruptor definition only protects chemicals industry

    Commission proposal for definition of endocrine disruptors considerably weakens the protection of human health and the environment, making it almost impossible to outlaw hormone-harming chemicals.

  • Photo of boy gardening to illustrate story about industry influence throws doubt on pesticide safety claim ahead of EU vote

    Industry influence throws doubt on pesticide safety claim ahead of EU vote

    A new ruling that glyphosate is probably not carcinogenic is at the centre of a row over industry influence on chemical safety decisions.

  • Photo of bee on sunflower to illustrate story on farmers asking permission to use banned neonicotinoids - again

    Farmers ask permission to use banned neonicotinoids – again

    The National Farmers Union has asked the UK government for permission to use banned neonicotinoids despite proof of healthier yields without the pesticides.

  • Toxic plastics allowed as Commission ignores strong no vote in EU Parliament

    A toxic chemical which harms unborn children has been authorised for use in plastics in everyday products, despite strong EU Parliament objections.

  • Photo of vegetables to illustrate story about pesticides data and health

    Health risk as judge says pesticides data can stay confidential

    Environmental and health concerns were set aside in favour of business today, when a senior EU judge said pesticides data could be kept confidential despite the risk to people and the planet.

  • picture of family on beach at sunset

    Commission ignores EU Court order to define toxics and protect people before business

    The EU has avoided difficult decisions and delayed life-saving laws because it is not accountable to its citizens. For three years the Commission has ignored its legal obligation to define endocrine disruptors, which cause cancer and infertility.

  • US makes a beeline for pesticide ban while EU dithers

    The US knows how dangerous pesticides are to bees – will the EU listen to the facts and keep the ban on imidacloprid?

  • EU Court sides with chemicals regulator over toxics secrecy

    EU judges have sided with the chemicals industry, when they ruled that regulator ECHA does not need to release more data on the toxics being pumped into the environment.

  • A win for water quality

    The EU Court of Justice took a firm stand in favour of our water last month, clarifying the role of public bodies in protecting water quality.

  • EU Court rules in favour of health and environment over expert anonymity

    The EU Court today confirmed that the protection of health and the environment is more important than confidentiality for expert commentators.

  • Bee Coalition questions strength of Government’s National Pollinator Strategy

    Major UK environmental NGOs say stronger action is needed to protect pollinators from pesticides in National Pollinator Strategy

  • Sandcastle and River

    Trade and environmental protection

    The European Union is negotiating a trade deal with the US, called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

  • Bathers in Budapest fountain to illustrate importance of environmental law and trade deals like TTIP

    TTIP: Trade and environmental protection

    As TTIP discussions progress, we’re concerned about its impacts on the regulation of toxic chemicals in the EU.

  • Government calls for action on declining bee numbers

    Members of the Bee Coalition today welcome the Government’s public ‘Call to Action’ to help reverse declining bee numbers and other pollinating insects.

  • Syngenta neonicotinoid request: Good news for bees

    The pesticides giant Syngenta has retracted its request to use harmful neonicotinoid pesticides.

  • Government must uphold ban on bee-harming pesticide, says coalition

    Ministers must stand up to intense lobbying from the pesticide industry by refusing to allow a banned bee-harming pesticide to be used on Britain’s crops,

  • Chemicals, transatlantic trade and setting the record straight

    Two weeks ago, at the start of the fourth round of “trade” negotiations between the EU and the US, the Center for International Environmental Law and ClientEarth issued a detailed critique of a document by the two main chemical industry lobbies.

  • Keep toxic chemicals out of transatlantic trade deal

    What do current transatlantic trade negotiations mean for the environment?