Climate Governance archive

  • Business must consider climate change as human rights issue, inquiry hears

    Directors of companies have been put on notice of climate risk and liability during the world’s first national inquiry into the human rights impacts of climate change, in the Philippines today.

  • Fruit and vegetables on stall piled up

    EU institutions must disclose secret industry studies on chemicals in food

    ClientEarth lawyers are demanding increased transparency from the European Parliament and European Council on why certain chemicals allowed in food are considered safe.

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    British public supports urgent action and litigation on climate change – poll reveals

    A groundbreaking new ClientEarth opinion poll reveals that the British public wants urgent action on climate change.

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    More extreme weather prompts climate litigation warning

    With Britain sweltering in record heat and further extreme weather hitting Europe and beyond, ClientEarth have warned about the litigation risk for governments and businesses that fail to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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    Twenty-three year-old takes his pension fund to court over climate change

    In a first of its kind case, a pension fund member in Australia has taken their fund to court over a lack of information on what it knows about the impact of climate change on his investments and what it is doing about it.

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    Ugandan government to face court in the country’s first climate change case

    Four young people and local NGO Greenwatch are suing the government for failing to protect them from climate change dangers like drought and food shortages.

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    What are environmental principles?

    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? 

  • Image shows three teapots on a blue tablecloth

    Plastics, nature and environmental governance top agenda for EU-China meeting

    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.

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    Climate litigation a lasting legacy of Hansen’s historic testimony 30 years ago

    Climate litigation is a lasting legacy of James Hansen’s historic testimony on human-induced global warming, 30 years ago on Saturday.

  • Solar panels

    EU fails to strive for an ambitious renewable energy future

    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 extreme weather research furthers case for action on CO2 emissions

    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.

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    Science behind climate attribution drives litigation risk for business and government

    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 workers on rig for story saying Shell facing climate change law suit from Friends of the Earth Netherlands

    Shell facing climate law suit from Friends of the Earth Netherlands

    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.

  • Manila street scene for story saying Shell and BP summoned to world-first climate change hearing today

    Shell and BP summoned to world-first climate change hearing today

    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.

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    Climate change concerns lead to rejection of Druridge Bay coal mine

    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.

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    UK carbon reductions plan is not enough, advisors warn

    The UK government must do more, faster, to meet its legally binding carbon reduction targets, according to the latest report from its advisors.

  • aerial view of city and road for story saying Climate litigation blind date brings scientists and lawyers together

    Climate litigation blind date brings scientists and lawyers together

    Lawyers and scientists met in London to discuss climate litigation, the challenges it poses for both disciplines, and how they could work together.

  • Green conifer for story on five things we learned at the COP23 climate talks

    Five things we learned at the COP23 climate talks

    A few of ClientEarth’s staff went to the UN’s annual international climate conference, known as COP23. This is what we learned…

  • Philippines from the air for story saying ExxonMobil Shell and BP summoned to appear at Philippines human rights climate case

    ExxonMobil, Shell and BP summoned to appear at Philippines human rights climate case

    ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and 43 other multinationals have been summoned to appear at a climate change hearing by the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights.

  • lightbulbs for analysis saying publication of clean growth strategy is imminent

    UK Clean Growth Strategy is imminent – is this the end of the beginning?

    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?

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    Extreme weather means more litigation risk for business and government

    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.

  • california beach

    Carbon Majors to face court over rising sea levels in California

    Three local governments have launched legal claims against 20 fossil fuel companies, seeking a contribution to their costs of adapting to rising sea levels.

  • house over lake new zealand

    Law student sues New Zealand over climate change failings

    A New Zealand law student is suing the country’s Minister for Climate Change over national emissions reduction targets.

  • Dimitri De Boer accepts ClientEArth's NGO registration in China

    ClientEarth gets China NGO registration

    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.