James Thornton archive

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    Heathrow: two obstacles to expansion

    The government has approved a third runway at Heathrow but air pollution and climate change commitments may yet stop expansion.

  • Close up of orchids in China

    How China is using the law to protect the environment

    Since 2015, nearly 100 environmental lawsuits have been filed by NGOs and public prosecutors as public interest law has gained a stronger grounding in China.

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    Cost at heart of government air pollution inaction

    The judge presiding over ClientEarth’s case against the UK government for breaching EU air pollution laws has said cost is the crux of the case.

  • autumn dusk with view of London Eye and Big Ben

    Treasury blocked plans to meet legal air pollution limits

    The first day of the hearing has revealed George Osborne blocked plans to bring air pollution to within legal limits in the UK.

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    ClientEarth back in court against UK government over illegal air pollution

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are back in court tomorrow, defending UK citizen’s right to breathe clean air.

  • a380 plane from below against blue sky

    New research on Heathrow air pollution not convincing

    Even without expansion, the area around Heathrow will continue to be in breach of legal pollution limits until 2025.

  • James Thornton accepts FT innovative lawyer award

    ClientEarth wins at FT ‘Innovative Lawyer’ awards

    ClientEarth’s CEO James Thornton has won a prestigious award from the Financial Times – named as “stand-out” lawyer with a special European achievement award. It comes amid a fresh wave of legal cases on pollution across Europe.

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    Prague latest target of EU clean air action

    ClientEarth’s latest air pollution case in the EU has been launched in Prague.

  • Beth Thoren to join ClientEarth as deputy CEO

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have appointed Beth Thoren as deputy CEO. Beth takes up the new post on 26 September after four years at the RSPB as Director of Fundraising and Communications.

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    MPs must pledge to protect natural world

    UK MPs must commit to promote environmental progress for the wellbeing of their constituents and people around the globe.

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    Government in disarray over air quality

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have set out their reasons for taking the UK government to court over illegal levels of air pollution.

  • Image of Alan Andrews and James Thornton, Evening Standard Influential Londoners

    London’s ‘most influential’ accolade for ClientEarth

    Two environmental lawyers at ClientEarth, including our CEO, have been named in this year’s Progress 1000 list of the most influential Londoners.

  • The Great Wall of China at sunset. ClientEarth question what are Governments in Asia doing to tackle air pollution

    What are governments doing to tackle air pollution in Asia?

    What are Governments doing to address air pollution and change Asia’s fate? That was the question being considered by lawyers at the LawASIA conference last week.

  • Time for May to lay down the environmental law

    As Theresa May settles into number 10, we urge her to keep the environment in her cross-hairs – DECC or no DECC.

  • Photo of UK wind turbines for story saying scrapping DECC sends terrible signal at worst possible time

    Scrapping DECC sends ‘terrible signal at worst possible time’

    Scrapping DECC sends a terrible signal at the worst possible time, undermining efforts to secure a clean, safe energy future.

  • Twin win at BusinessGreen Leaders Awards

    ClientEarth has scooped two titles at London’s prestigious BusinessGreen Leaders Awards. Credit went not just to our high-profile court appearances, but our work using law to protect marine life and forests, and to drive the move to a low-carbon economy.

  • Primary school pupils with No2dirtyair signs

    ClientEarth calls for new Clean Air Act to tackle air pollution

    ClientEarth have today urged politicians to back calls for a new UK Clean Air Act to help deal with the country’s toxic and illegal levels of air pollution.

  • Brexit “challenge” to politicians over UK environmental laws

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have expressed “shock and concern” at the the future of nature protections following the outcome of the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. Voters decided the UK should leave the EU.

  • Opinion: Reasons to vote against ‘Brexit’ and stay in the EU

    With voters shortly to decide whether Britain will remain a member of the European Union, environmental laywers ClientEarth urge citizens to vote ‘in’ because the advantages far outweigh the risks and uncertainties of ‘Brexit.’

  • In pictures: University of Oxford hosts inaugural CCLI conference

    At the inaugural CCLI conference, academics, lawyers, industry experts and NGOs tackled one of the bigger questions in corporate climate conversation: climate liabilities for company directors.

  • Pollution laws: A positive reason to remain in EU says Labour

    Air quality limits imposed on Britain by Brussels are a positive reason to stay not leave the EU, according to the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. In a speech in London, he also highlighted ClientEarth’s action in taking the government to court

  • Litigation is a “form of combat” to help protect the planet, says CEO

    ClientEarth CEO James Thornton has described litigation as a “sophisticated form of combat.”

  • ‘Bonkers’ Boris call to leave single market after Brexit

    Boris Johnson told Radio 4’s Today programme that Brexit would mean the UK leaving the single market as well as the EU. This will lead to more deaths in the UK from air pollution.

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    ClientEarth joins protest over environmental policy

    Today ClientEarth joined families and many others to challenge David Cameron to explain why his government has spent its first year in office going backwards on climate change.