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James Thornton, founder and CEO of ClientEarth, has joined David Attenborough and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a list of the World’s Most Influential People in Climate Policy.
A groundbreaking new ClientEarth opinion poll reveals that the British public wants urgent action on climate change.
ClientEarth and the Supreme People’s Court in China have this week coordinated an unprecedented training programme for judges on environment cases.
Climate litigation is a lasting legacy of James Hansen’s historic testimony on human-induced global warming, 30 years ago on Saturday.
This unique ceremony aims to recognise and reward change in all organisations working towards a more ethical and sustainable future.
The EU’s top court ruled today that increased logging in Bialowieza Forest violates EU law. The ruling comes into force immediately.
A fresh wave of legal action brings the number of German clean air cases to 30, and may prompt authorities across the country to introduce diesel restrictions.
A book chronicling the history of ClientEarth’s first ten years has won the Judge’s Choice award at the inaugural Business Book Awards.
ClientEarth CEO, James Thornton, has today called for the UK to make controversial trade deals that allow companies to sideline domestic courts and sue governments over environmental laws, illegal.
In an overwhelming court victory in Germany’s highest national court, judges have ruled German cities are under obligation to introduce diesel restrictions with immediate effect.
ClientEarth have brought a new case against the UK government to challenge its continued failure to tackle air pollution. This is the third legal case ClientEarth has brought against the UK Government for failing to comply with air pollution laws. The government lost both previous cases.
ClientEarth has been named Public Sector Team of the Year at the Legal 500 awards, while our CEO James Thornton came in at number six in Green Fleet’s 100 Most Influential figures.
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are demanding urgent action to shift diesel vehicles off the UK’s roads as papers emerge showing ministers have known for decades that the fuel threatens people’s health – and yet made policy to encourage diesel vehicle uptake regardless.
ClientEarth is taking legal action against the UK Government for a third time over its persistent failure to deal with illegal air pollution across the country.
Europe Beyond Coal, launched today, links organisations across 28 countries in the campaign for clean, renewable energy all over the EU.
Environmental law teams across ClientEarth are celebrating this morning following recognition at two major awards ceremonies last night, in multiple categories.
Developments in attribution science are improving our ability to detect human influence on extreme weather events. By implication, the legal duties of government, business and others to manage foreseeable harms are broadening, and may lead to more climate change litigation.
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.
ClientEarth has been voted as the UK’s most effective environmental group by CEOs from across the UK green sector, according to a new report.
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.
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have said today that a High Court judgment on air pollution is a “shot across the bows of the government”.
ClientEarth has raised concerns over the absence of plans for concrete actions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK government’s draft air quality plan.
ClientEarth’s innovative use of law to protect the environment received fresh recognition at the 2017 Lawyer awards last night.
One of Michael Gove’s first actions as Environment Secretary will be to defend his government’s poor plans to clean up the UK’s filthy air, with a hearing ordered by the High Court in the coming weeks.