James Thornton archive

  • 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.

  • Michael Gove

    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.

  • birds on wire for story about Trump pulling out of Paris agreement

    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.

  • child playing with bubbles in park

    ClientEarth challenges UK government’s air pollution consultation

    ClientEarth is taking the UK government back to the High Court in a bid to drastically improve its draft plans to clean up the UK’s illegally high air pollution.

  • Book Launch: Client Earth – the story so far

    A new book, Client Earth, which tells the successful story of ClientEarth over the last decade since it was founded, is launched this week.

  • People walking highest mountain in US for story on Why the US can't downgrade its Paris pledge for political convenience

    Why the US can’t downgrade its Paris pledge for political convenience

    Will President Trump pull the US out of the Paris Agreement? Rumour suggests he will, and world leaders are reportedly engaged in last-ditch diplomacy to prevent this.

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    UK Government releases ‘weak’ air quality plans

    We are continuing to study the government’s latest air quality plan, but on the face of it it looks much weaker than we had hoped for.

  • yellow buoy on sea for story saying Commission warns lack of enforcement is undermining EU fisheries law

    Commission warns lack of enforcement is undermining EU fisheries law

    Sanctions for fishing violations are inconsistent and toothless, according to a major report released today by the European Commission.

  • children biking for story saying UK government makes last ditch bid to delay essential clean air plans

    UK Government makes last-ditch bid to delay essential clean air plans

    The UK Government made a last-ditch bid to delay publication of its air quality plans on Friday evening, citing “pre-election proprietary rules”.

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    James Thornton named in top 10 environmental heroes on Earth Day

    The survey is revealed today to mark Earth Day 2017 – an international day of support for the environment and sustainability.

  • Theresa May outside Number 10 Downing St announcing General Election 2017

    Environment and pollution ‘should be at heart of snap UK election’

    James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth said a snap election is a perfect opportunity for all parties to put the environment and pollution at the heart of their agendas.

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    The climate turning point must be 2020

    ClientEarth backs Mission 2020, a campaign launched today that aims to reach the climate turning point by 2020 by increasing ambition and urgency on climate action.

  • wooden sign that says 'please stay on track'

    Trump signs executive order rolling back Obama era climate protections

    The executive order will have a major impact on environmental and climate change policy in the US.

  • motorway at night from moving car

    Commission condemns delays in implementing Noise Directive as Fitness Check is published

    The Commission’s fitness check of the noise directive has found important delays in its implementation

  • waterloo bridge in London

    Gaping hole in UK government’s Budget where diesel measures should have been

    The chancellor has failed to grasp the severity of the UK’s air quality crisis. He should have imposed a first-year tax on diesel vehicles.

  • Government facing court over new environmental justice plans

    UK facing legal action over cost rules which deter citizens from court

    New rules coming into force today will make it virtually impossible to bring a public interest case to protect the environment, so ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth and the RSPB have started legal proceedings against the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

  • Edie award 2017

    Sustainability Leader Award for CEO

    Our CEO James Thornton has been named Sustainability Leader of the Year at the Edie Sustainability Leader’s Awards in London.

  • Brexit must mean stronger environmental laws, Theresa May told

    The government must restore and enhance the UK’s environmental protections during Brexit negotiations.

  • Chinese supreme court judges at ClientEarth

    Strengthening Environmental Rule of Law in China: ClientEarth welcomes Chinese Supreme Court Judges

    ClientEarth has organized a nine-person delegation of China Supreme Court judges visiting the UK and Sweden, as part of a wider series of cooperation activities to strengthen environmental rule of law in China.

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    High Court gives UK Government 8 months to draw up fresh air quality plan

    A High Court judge has ordered the UK Government to draw up an improved plan by July next year which must bring air pollution within legal limits.

  • Boris Johnson signing the Paris Agreement

    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.

  • image showing an American flag by a lake

    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.

  • horse chestnut dark green

    “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.

  • image of big ben with buses

    ClientEarth wins air pollution case in High Court

    ClientEarth has won its High Court case against the Government over its failure to tackle illegal air pollution across the UK.