Fossil Fuels archive

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    No more coal, no new gas – it’s vital the UK government invests in our clean future

    Countries have crucial decisions to make about their energy mix beyond the coal era. In the UK, there is no need for new gas – so what comes next?

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    ClientEarth takes legal action against construction of gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 in Finland

    ClientEarth has submitted a complaint to the Finnish administrative court in Vaasa to halt the construction of a 374 kilometre-long section of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the country.

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    New briefing casts doubt on Aviva coal engagement strategy

    Today, the Unfriend Coal network released its report “Aviva and Coal: a very long engagement”. The briefing casts doubt on the success of the company’s engagement policy with coal companies.

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    Greece’s biggest power plant faces additional challenges as court hearing looms

    Environmental organisations have submitted additional challenges to Greece’s biggest lignite-fired power plant, Agios Dimitrios.

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    Wake-up call for coal majors as record number of shareholders protest corporate climate lobbying

    Investors in Rio Tinto have made it clear that they will not stand by and watch while the company funds lobby groups that block climate policy.

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    Coal plants must pay back €400 million in unlawful subsidies from Spanish government, environmental lawyers insist

    Environmental lawyers are supporting the European Commission’s investigation into coal operators in Spain to decide whether they have to pay back millions in subsidies to the Spanish government.

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    Report: Global coal set to shrink from 2022

    The number of coal plants across the world will start to drop within five years, according to a new expert report.

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    Judges deny Bulgarian power plant expansion over illegal pollution

    The Supreme Administrative Court of Bulgaria has refused Brikel coal power plant permission to increase its coal burning capacity. The court said that the plant had systematically failed to comply with environmental laws.

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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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    ClientEarth moves to defend new EU rules from “inexcusable” coal industry attack

    ClientEarth and EEB are fighting to protect laws aimed to protect people’s health and the climate form dangerous levels of pollution.

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    Insurers may face legal questions if they keep propping up coal

    The argument for underwriting coal is on ever shakier ground, but many European companies are still fuelling the fire.

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    EU green light to Polish capacity market is a reminder the rules need updating

    Lawyers point out fundamental flaws in EU rules that mean it can approve ‘badly disguised coal subsidies’.

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    Climate dominates economic leaders’ 2018 risk list

    Three out of the top five official risks to the global economy in 2018 stem from the changing climate. Financiers need a plan.

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    Eggborough waves goodbye to coal, but has big gas plans in the pipeline

    Operators of failing UK coal giant have a planning application for conversion well underway.

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    UK renewables investment plunges

    Investment in renewable energy production in the UK has dropped dramatically for a second consecutive year. The government must improve the legal framework for renewables.

  • Picture shows a street scene in New York

    New York City sues Big Oil

    New York City is suing five oil majors over climate change. The decision shows that the impunity the industry once enjoyed can no longer be taken for granted.

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    Bulgaria’s move to overturn EU pollution laws a “terrible political signal”

    The Bulgarian government is doubling down on its efforts to shirk environmental responsibility.

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    We must make sure UK coal phaseout does not mean gas lock-in

    UK Government’s coal phaseout plans risk seeing natural gas rush to fill coal’s shoes.

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    Coal investors stand to lose billions within a decade – unless utilities act now

    As coal runs at a loss, power companies are running out of excuses to invest in it. A new report by Carbon Tracker charts a route to minimising the impact to shareholders as coal loses out to cheaper, cleaner ways of making and using energy.

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    Lawyers seek evidence from residents affected by hazardous industrial pollution

    A new legal campaign gives people the chance to share their own local industrial emissions insights, enabling lawyers to launch more actions to protect people from harmful chemicals.

  • ClientEarth objects to gas pipeline Nord Stream 2

    ClientEarth has filed an appeal to the Finnish authorities, asking them to deny Gazprom the permits they need to start constructing gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

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    Top insurers pull billions from coal – lawyers say there are “serious questions” for those still invested in it

    This week, insurance giant Zurich announced that it would both divest from and stop insuring coal-dependent businesses. ClientEarth lawyer Alice Garton questions why others are lagging behind.

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    ClientEarth and WWF take Italy’s most polluting coal plant to court

    Italy’s dirtiest coal plant faces losing its permit as international lawyers launch legal action against its toxic pollution.

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    Unlawful coal plant Maritsa III challenged in Bulgaria’s Supreme Court

    Wave of legal action against Bulgarian coal continues as ClientEarth teams up with national lawyers to take on illegal pollution.