Climate Governance archive
The EU environmental principles offer protection to our natural world. They act as guidance for judges and decision-makers, giving laws shape and meaning. But what will happen to the environmental principles after Brexit?
China’s Climate Envoy, the First Vice-President of the European Commission, the UN Environment Executive Director and the Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change were among the speakers at an environmental roundtable last week.
Climate litigation is a lasting legacy of James Hansen’s historic testimony on human-induced global warming, 30 years ago on Saturday.
EU decision makers agreed on a disappointingly low overall renewable target for 2030 of 32%. It now remains to be seen what measures will be put in place to ensure that EU countries meet this target.
New climate research published directly links the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide – rather than mean global temperature – with the chance of more extreme weather events, furthering the case for litigation against businesses and governments shown to be ignoring climate risk in their decision-making.
The new science of attributing extreme weather events, such as last year’s devastating Hurricane Harvey, to climate change could become a key driver of litigation.
Shell has been served legal notice today after Friends of the Earth Netherlands took the first step in a court case over the oil giant’s climate record.
The world’s first national inquiry into the human rights impacts of climate change takes a crucial leap forward today, as the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights hears evidence at a two-day hearing in Manila.
Plans for a huge opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay were today formally rejected by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, on the basis that the environmental impact would be too significant.
The UK government must do more, faster, to meet its legally binding carbon reduction targets, according to the latest report from its advisors.
Lawyers and scientists met in London to discuss climate litigation, the challenges it poses for both disciplines, and how they could work together.
A few of ClientEarth’s staff went to the UN’s annual international climate conference, known as COP23. This is what we learned…
ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and 43 other multinationals have been summoned to appear at a climate change hearing by the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights.
The government’s plan to meet its emissions reductions targets will soon finally see the light of day. What tests must the new strategy pass if it is to put UK emissions reductions back on track?
With Hurricane Harvey battering Texas, a new report by ClientEarth warns that governments and business may be increasingly at risk of litigation for failing to prevent foreseeable climate-related harm to people and infrastructure.
Three local governments have launched legal claims against 20 fossil fuel companies, seeking a contribution to their costs of adapting to rising sea levels.
A New Zealand law student is suing the country’s Minister for Climate Change over national emissions reduction targets.
ClientEarth has become one of the first foreign NGOs to receive an official registration in China, demonstrating the contribution it is making to environmental protection there.
US president Donald Trump is pulling the country out of the Paris climate change agreement, but climate action will continue globally and within the US.
Will President Trump pull the US out of the Paris Agreement? Rumour suggests he will, and world leaders are reportedly engaged in last-ditch diplomacy to prevent this.
ClientEarth has challenged the UK government over its continuing delay on publishing a new emissions reduction plan.
ClientEarth backs Mission 2020, a campaign launched today that aims to reach the climate turning point by 2020 by increasing ambition and urgency on climate action.
The executive order will have a major impact on environmental and climate change policy in the US.
The House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee last week released a report on the “Price of Power”. The report has been criticised on numerous grounds, but the common theme is that it exaggerates the price (in the broadest sense of the word) of renewable electricity.