James Thornton archive

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    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.

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    China launches unprecedented judge training for environment cases

    ClientEarth and the Supreme People’s Court in China have this week coordinated an unprecedented training programme for judges on environment cases.

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    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.

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    Wins and recognition for ClientEarth at Global Good Awards 2018

    This unique ceremony aims to recognise and reward change in all organisations working towards a more ethical and sustainable future.

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    Final judgment of the EU Court of Justice: logging in Bialowieza Forest breaks EU law

    The EU’s top court ruled today that increased logging in Bialowieza Forest violates EU law. The ruling comes into force immediately.

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    ClientEarth and DUH launch 11 more court cases over Germany’s dirty air

    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.

  • ‘Client Earth’ book wins Business Book of the Year

    A book chronicling the history of ClientEarth’s first ten years has won the Judge’s Choice award at the inaugural Business Book Awards.

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    UK must outlaw future trade deals with secret courts, which will risk ‘Green Brexit’

    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.

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    Market-changing moment as Germany’s highest court orders diesel bans

    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.

  • UK Government back in court to face third air pollution challenge from ClientEarth

    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.

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    ClientEarth wins at Legal 500 awards

    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. 

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    ClientEarth demands immediate UK action in Budget, after fresh diesel revelations

    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.

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    ClientEarth launches new UK air pollution legal action

    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.

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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.

  • ClientEArth: Chairty Times Charity of the Year

    ClientEarth celebrates wins, recognition and rankings surge at FT and Charity Times awards

    Environmental law teams across ClientEarth are celebrating this morning following recognition at two major awards ceremonies last night, in multiple categories.

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    Acts of God, human influence and litigation

    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.

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    Extreme weather means more litigation risk for business and government

    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.

  • Green leaders choose ClientEarth as most effective UK environmental group

    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.

  • Dimitri De Boer accepts ClientEArth's NGO registration in China

    ClientEarth gets China NGO registration

    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.

  • View of smog from Primrose Hill, London

    High Court judgment on air pollution a “shot across the bows” of government

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have said today that a High Court judgment on air pollution is a “shot across the bows of the government”. 

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    UK Government has a duty to protect all UK citizens from pollution

    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 staff celebrate The Lawyer award

    ClientEarth’s impact recognised at the Lawyer awards

    ClientEarth’s innovative use of law to protect the environment received fresh recognition at the 2017 Lawyer awards last night.

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    Gove faces court hearing on air pollution

    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.

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    US withdraws from Paris Agreement as other countries rally behind climate deal

    US president Donald Trump is pulling the country out of the Paris climate change agreement, but climate action will continue globally and within the US.