Climate Governance archive

  • 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.

  • man silhouette pier Hague sea

    Historic climate litigation result stands after Dutch court victory

    As the UN pushes for urgent climate action, judges reaffirm governments must commit to fighting climate change.

  • image of tree in desert

    Climate ambition of 1.5°C demands urgent legal and accounting work

    World governments are “nowhere near on track” to avoid breaking through international carbon budgets.

  • 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.

  • Lighthouse waves seawall

    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.

  • cracked, dry land from above

    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.

  • Gold Coast, Australia

    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.

  • uganda bike

    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.

  • Small hedgehog in leaves

    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.

  • Africa Kenya tribesman landscape

    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.

  • iceland hills

    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.

  • Dunstanburgh Castle

    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.