James Thornton archive

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    Government must resolve air quality before going ahead with airport expansion

    A new report on airport expansion calls on the government to set out a clear timetable for expansion, making clear the measures which have been accepted or rejected and the work which needs to be completed.

  • #no2dirtyair

    Judge decides UK government will face renewed legal action over air quality

    Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have been granted permission to take the UK government back to court over its failure to tackle illegal levels of air pollution.

  • Image showing road leading to wind turbines

    Fossil fuel companies: be part of the low carbon future

    ClientEarth has joined more than 70 other organisations calling on fossil fuel companies to make climate change mitigation central to their business

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    Oil industry smoke screen on climate change

    A new cache of douments released by an environmental law NGO in the US reveals more about what the oil industry knew about climate change, versus what it said.

  • Houses of Parliament

    Prime Minister challenged on government’s air pollution record

    The Prime Minister has been strongly criticised for placing the actions of the car industry ahead of people’s lives.

  • Whitehall cenotaph and Houses of Parliament

    Marching backwards on Climate Change

    On 8 May families and NGOS will march backwards down Whitehall to represent government backtracking on climate change policies a year after the election.

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    EU membership good for UK environment

    MPs have released a report which says that EU membership is good for the UK’s environment

  • Report: Brexit would create ‘great risk and uncertainty for environment’

    Independent experts have concluded that leaving the EU would create great risk and uncertainty for the environment in the UK.

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    Brexit ‘the greatest political threat to the environment in the UK’

    If we leave the EU we put our environment in peril, argues environmental lawyer James Thornton.

  • Image of the London Eye against a blue sky

    New report: tackle diesel for clean air

    A new report from Policy Exchange and King’s College London calls on the future Mayor of London to tackle diesel emissions.

  • Image of James Thornton CEO ClientEarth talking about the UK and how it must aim for net zero emissions to tackle climate change

    UK must aim for net zero emissions to tackle climate change

    The UK government should enshrine net zero emissions in UK law to cement its leadership on tackling climate change.

  • ClientEarth: Overall winners at prestigious awards

    ClientEarth’s legal work on UK pollution and highlighting the risks climate change poses to the financial world has received recognition.

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    Final warning gives government 10 days to act on air pollution

    ClientEarth has sent a final legal warning to the UK government which gives the Environment Secretary, Liz Truss, 10 days to act on air pollution or face action in the High Court.

  • Picture of red phone box in a field

    Brexit is ill-considered, bonkers and idiotic

    Leaving the European Union would put nature conservation and air quality at grave risk and would be “bonkers and idiotic.”

  • Image of ClientEarth CEO James Thornton looking casual prior to speaking about Brexit

    Brexit threat: What are the consequences for nature?

    The complexities of the UK leaving the EU and the environmental questions as yet unanswered by the Brexit ‘leavers’ are overwhelming.

  • Environmental law expert James Thornton explains why a Brexit would be bad for the environment

    Brexit: Staying in the EU is best for UK nature and climate

    Brexit would be bad for the environment because the EU forces the UK and other EU countries to raise themselves to a higher standard of environmental protection.

  • picture of family on beach at sunset

    Commission ignores EU Court order to define toxics and protect people before business

    The EU has avoided difficult decisions and delayed life-saving laws because it is not accountable to its citizens. For three years the Commission has ignored its legal obligation to define endocrine disruptors, which cause cancer and infertility.

  • COP21 promises must be made law

    Country leaders must turn their Paris commitments into national law if the ambitious promises made at COP21 are to cut climate emissions, said ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton.

  • Open letter to all world leaders

  • James Thornton: Britain has fallen behind China on environmental law

    A gathering of environmental leaders has heard from ClientEarth CEO James Thornton that the UK has fallen behind…

  • The Guardian is right to champion climate change hope

    James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth, today welcomed the Guardian’s decision to relaunch its Keep it in the Ground campaign.