Fossil Fuels archive

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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.

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    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.

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    ClientEarth joins ranks of international anti-coal movement

    Europe Beyond Coal, launched today, links organisations across 28 countries in the campaign for clean, renewable energy all over the EU.

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    Lawyer to faith investors: “never has your voice been needed more”

    Given the climate-intensified destruction present in so many continents today, faith leaders must question their investments in fossil fuels.

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    Poland’s move to derail landmark pollution law “unconscionable” – environmental lawyers

    Poland has launched legal action to overturn pollution standards for power stations. Success would compromise the health of people in every EU country.

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    Investors haul mining giant BHP over coals on “climate hypocrisy” at AGM

    Membership fees to policy-obstructive lobby groups betray investor confidence, say lawyers.

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    Funding coal “incomprehensible” as study reveals dramatic decline

    A new report published by Coalswarm and Greenpeace reveals an unprecedented drop in global confidence in coal with 25% of 1,675 coal operators having left the business since 2010 and a wave of national phase-outs being declared.

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    Regional Spanish government authorised illegal emissions, court rules

    The Supreme Court of Asturias, in north west Spain, rules that a power plant was allowed an illegal permit and pumped out excess harmful pollutants.

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    Spain’s funding of power plants faces legal challenge

    Spanish electricity companies may have to pay back over €3bn in aid if environmental lawyers’ complaint over the capacity mechanism is successful.

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    ClientEarth challenges unlawful Bulgarian fossil fuel subsidy

    Lawyers have challenged €1.3bn in power subsidies it says were not formally approved.

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    Nord Stream 2 “useless and illegal”, say environment experts

    Europe’s newest gas pipeline does not comply with EU law, environment charities have warned.