Climate Governance archive

  • Climate damaged properties on Torres Strait Islands

    Australian Government denies responsibility for climate-threatened Torres Strait

    The Australian Government has finally responded to a complaint from Torres Strait Islanders highlighting how climate change is threatening their home and way of life.

  • ClientEarth appeals High Court judgment over Drax gas plant approval

    Our lawyers have won the right to appeal a ruling by the High Court, which sided with a UK Government decision to approve what would be Europe’s largest gas plant.

  • Photo of London

    The five climate conditions we say companies must commit to for UK assistance

    In the UK, ClientEarth is calling on the Government to impose five strict climate conditions that companies should adhere to when receiving public support during the COVID-19 recovery. These conditions can help ensure economic growth does not come at the cost of the country failing to meet its climate commitments.

  • Birds gather on the Tagus estuary

    Portugal’s proposed new airport would threaten thousands of protected birds

    We’ve filed a complaint against the Portuguese government’s plans for a new airport on the country’s most important wetland – home to thousands of protected birds.

  • European Green Deal latest – new commitments on food and nature

    The EU has published the highly anticipated Farm to Fork Strategy and Biodiversity Strategy this week, shaping the future of food systems and nature protection in the Union.

  • photo of fisherman to illustrate story saying Commission fishing quota proposal ignores scientist call to catch 60% less plaice

    Two biggest recipients of EU fisheries fund misused EU tax payer money, report finds

    In a recent report, we found that France and Spain have so far failed to use the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in conservation efforts to end overfishing and restore the marine environment.

  • Torres Strait Islanders after sea surge

    Torres Strait Islanders win key ask after climate complaint

    The Australian government has promised $25 million in climate adaptation spending for the Torres Strait.

  • Drax Power Plant

    Drax legal case: We’re taking the UK government to court over Europe’s largest gas plant

    We’ve launched a High Court challenge against the UK government for its decision to approve plans for Europe’s largest gas plant.

  • The Torres Strait Islands are on the climate frontline

    Australian Prime Minister refuses to visit climate-hit islanders

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused an invitation to visit the climate-hit homes of indigenous Australians who are bringing a human rights complaint against their government.

  • Climate protestor holding sign

    Climate change set to sway next election as majority of Britons say it will affect how they vote

    Climate change is set to influence the next election, as over half (54%) of Britons say it will affect the way they vote, according to our new poll of more than 2,000 Britons.

  • Drax UK power plant

    Drax decision: the UK government’s carbon budget blowout, or a stranded asset in waiting?

    We are looking at all legal avenues available following the government’s decision to greenlight a major new fossil-fuel burning power plant at Selby in North Yorkshire.

  • ClientEarth actions in support of global climate strike

    Today is a global climate strike. Many of our staff are going to their local demonstrations, adding their voice to the movement and supporting young people fighting for their future. Others will be continuing their everyday work to protect people and the planet.

  • Kabay Tamu speaking at the Global People's Summit

    Torres Strait Islander takes a stand against climate injustice on world stage

    Torres Strait Islander Kabay joined a panel at the Peoples’ Summit on Climate, Rights and Human Survival, to discuss the climate crisis, human rights, and justice.

  • Torres Strait Islander Kabay Tamu in New York

    Torres Strait representatives invite Australian PM to visit their islands and see impact of climate change for himself

    Torres Strait Islanders formally invite Australian Prime Minister to visit their low-lying islands and witness for himself climate impacts in the region.

  • Lawyers put local authorities on notice over climate inaction

    Lawyers from ClientEarth are putting 100 local authorities across England on notice, warning them that they will violate their legal obligations and risk legal challenge if they do not introduce proper climate change plans.

  • IPCC report shows need for strong national laws to halt global forest disaster

    ClientEarth’s environmental lawyers are warning national governments that only strong national laws can properly protect forests, store carbon emissions and ensure the livelihood of forest-dependent communities, in response to today’s land use report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

  • ClientEarth lawyer Domnique Doyle in London Fields

    Coal in Europe – five minutes with an environmental lawyer

    We sat down with ClientEarth lawyer Dominique Doyle to find out why coal is key in the fight to protect the planet.

  • St Michael's Mount, marazion, United Kingdom

    Real action now needed to back UK’s net zero goal

    The UK government must now show leadership akin to the international space race to ensure real action backs new net zero laws addressing climate change, say environmental lawyers.

  • Torres Strait Islanders after sea surge

    Human rights and climate change: World-first case to protect indigenous Australians

    In a groundbreaking climate change case announced today, lawyers with ClientEarth are acting on behalf of a group of indigenous Australians from the Torres Strait region.

  • Image shows lake with boats on

    UK must not carry forward surplus hot air in push for net zero

    The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its net zero report, laying out a bold vision for the UK to maintain global leadership in the fight against climate change. To stay true to this ambition, the UK government must not carry forward surplus emissions this month from previous carbon budgets.

  • Glencore’s climate commitments welcome but company must now abandon aggressive lobbying

    ClientEarth calls on Glencore to halt lobbying against climate action following news that the major coal producer will not grow its coal capacity and align its business with the Paris Agreement.

  • Drax Power Plant

    Lawyers reveal massive climate impact of new Drax gas plant

    ClientEarth has warned warned that, if approved, a new Drax gas plant would be responsible for as much as 75% of the emissions budget for the entire UK power sector.

  • Crashing wave against rock

    Vanuatu calls for loss and damage climate change fund

    Vanuatu is calling for a new ‘loss and damage fund’ to ensure payments from those most responsible for climate change go towards those most affected by climate disasters.

  • Cooling towers, Drax coal-fired power station, UK

    ClientEarth lodges objection to Drax gas plant on climate grounds

    ClientEarth has submitted a written objection to Drax Power’s plans to build four new gas turbines, on the grounds that it breaches the government’s planning and climate change recommendations.