Climate Governance archive

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    UK ratification of Paris agreement is a warning to Trump

    The UK has today ratified the Paris Agreement, a global treaty to tackle climate change.

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    Trump needs to rethink climate position

    ClientEarth’s CEO James Thornton has urged President elect Trump to rethink his position on climate change and the Paris Agreement.

  • Girls in poppy field to illustrate story saying 21 Children win right to sue US Government over climate change

    21 children win right to sue US Government over climate change

    A group of 21 American children are challenging the US federal government over its climate change policies. Now Judge Anne Aiken, of the District of Oregon, has agreed that they have legal standing to do so.

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    Government says no UK coal beyond 2025 – but leaves the door open for gas

    We now have an expiry date on domestic coal – but is it soon enough? We need clearer action and bolder ambition from the UK Government.

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    “No reason for delay” on net zero UK emissions goal say environmental lawyers

    As the Paris Agreement comes into force, the UK must set its sights on net zero emissions.

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    Analysis: Don’t forget – we still need a net zero emissions target in UK law

    Climate lawyer Jonathan Church on why UK leaders must enshrine the promised net zero emissions target in law.

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    Government wants to get emissions plan ‘right’. Here’s what’s needed

    ClientEarth recommends what the UK Government should do in the new emissions reduction plan, after their response to the CCC today

  • Sunset over UK Parliament from across bridge

    What is the Climate Change Act?

    The Climate Change Act sets legally binding targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the UK by at least 80% by 2050.

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    UK Climate Change Act isn’t working and must be revived

    The UK’s pioneering Climate Change Act (CCA) isn’t working and robust policies to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets must be brought forward urgently.

  • Photo of Mystic River to illustrate story on Exxon sued over climate cover up

    Exxon sued over climate change cover-up

    US campaigners are suing energy giant ExxonMobil over an alleged climate cover-up at a Boston storage site.

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    EU risks being left behind as Paris Agreement comes to life

    Failing to agree emissions sharing laws may risk the EU’s ability to meet the Paris Agreement further down the line.

  • Dutch coal developments are off the Urgenda

    It’s already game over for coal. To meet climate targets, countries must invest in clean energy.

  • photo of windmill to illustrate story asking what does Brexit mean for UK community energy

    What does Brexit mean for UK community energy?

    Webinar – ClientEarth community energy expert Josh Roberts discusses what Brexit means for community energy in the UK, followed by a Q and A.

  • UK should dig deep on latest coal decision

    After a local council hinted they planned to approve the UK’s largest coalmine, the government has waded in.

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    Javid must veto plans for UK’s largest coalmine

    Northumberland County Council planned to approve a new coalmine – the UK’s largest – at Druridge Bay. The government has weighed in on the decision.

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    Three ways Nick Hurd can fight climate change

    The new climate change and industry minister must take action to put the UK back on the path to being a world leader on tackling emissions, as it was when it passed the world’s first Climate Change Act.

  • Time for May to lay down the environmental law

    As Theresa May settles into number 10, we urge her to keep the environment in her cross-hairs – DECC or no DECC.

  • Cutting carbon: Keeping on track after the referendum

    The UK has just set its fifth carbon budget, keeping on track to meet its climate commitments – just.

  • Breaking new ground on directors’ climate liabilities

    Experts have come together to explore the legal and financial duties of corporations in responding to climate change.

  • Court orders Massachusetts to do more to reduce emissions

    A ruling by Massachusetts’ Supreme Judicial Court this month has shown just how effective citizens’ lawsuits can be.

  • First step to victory in US climate change litigation

    An American NGO has won the first battle in its fight to force the United States to avoid dangerous climate change by cutting its greenhouse gas emissions.

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    Paris: World is ready to sign – but is it ready to deliver?

    A buzz of optimism in New York as leaders clamour to sign the Paris Agreement – but ambition needs to skyrocket, says ClientEarth’s Chief Executive.

  • Whitehall cenotaph and Houses of Parliament

    Marching backwards on Climate Change

    On 8 May families and NGOS will march backwards down Whitehall to represent government backtracking on climate change policies a year after the election.

  • Photo of power lines for story about fair competition and EU energy needs

    EU energy needs ignored by competition inquiry

    A new report on fair competition doesn’t take account of the EU’s energy needs. The EU must decarbonise, but a new inquiry into the energy market ignores this and the EU’s commitments to go green.