When the court should look over the shoulder of a decision-maker – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 25th, 2016 in EC law, environmental protection, judicial review, news, pollution by tracey

‘R (ClientEarth No.2) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Garnham J, 21 November 2016. A quick follow-up ruling to the judgment of 2 November (here) in which the UK’s air pollution plans under EU and domestic laws were found wanting by the Administrative Court. The pollutant was nitrogen dioxide – a major product of vehicle exhaust fumes.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd November 2016

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Challenges to Heathrow runway and HS2 to be hit by law lifting cap on legal costs – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2016 in airports, costs, environmental protection, judicial review, news by sally

‘Environmental legal challenges face being hit by the “chilling effect” of new government rules that remove a cap on claimants’ costs, according to campaigners, lawyers and politicians.’

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The Guardian, 17th November 2016

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High Court judge quashes DEFRA air quality plan over non-compliance – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 7th, 2016 in environmental protection, news, pollution by sally

‘A High Court judge has this week quashed the Government’s Air Quality Plan 2015 over its failure to bring the UK into compliance with the law “as soon as possible”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd November 2016

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Teenager summoned to court for feeding McDonald’s chip to pigeon – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 7th, 2016 in environmental protection, fines, litter, news, prosecutions by sally

‘A teenager has been summoned to court for feeding a pigeon a McDonald’s chip.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2016

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UK Government has breached air pollution laws and failed to take enough action on emissions, High Court rules – The Independent

‘The High Court has ruled against the Government over its failure to tackle illegal air pollution.’

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The Independent, 2nd November 2016

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Appeal judge dismisses challenge to removal of climate change levy exemption – OUT-LAW.com

‘A legal challenge to the government’s decision to end the climate change levy (CCL) exemption for renewable source electricity with only 24 days’ notice has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 26th October 2016

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Subsidy withdrawal from renewable energy entirely lawful – Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In July 2015 the government announced that it was removing a subsidy for renewable energy. Its decision in fact was to take away the exemption that renewable source electricity enjoyed from a tax known as the climate change levy. We have covered previous episodes in the renewables saga on the UKHRB in various posts.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th October 2016

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Air quality law in the United Kingdom at a crossroads – OUP Blog

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in EC law, environmental protection, news, pollution by sally

‘UK air quality law now finds itself at a crossroads. Air quality law is a well-established area of environmental law, having been at the vanguard of much of it. It is a well-established area across multiple levels of governance, with local and national regulation in the UK operating against a backdrop of binding EU standards and an international law framework for transboundary air pollution (the 1979 Geneva Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP)). This multilevel body of law highlights that air pollution is a problem that has many sources – local, transboundary, stationary, mobile, manmade, natural – which act and interact via complex pollution pathways, leading to a range of regulatory responses within and beyond jurisdictional boundaries.’

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OUP Blog, 3rd October 2016

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Woman sentenced for illegal trade of tiger skins – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A woman has been given a six month suspended prison sentence at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court for attempting to sell two tiger skin rugs illegally on eBay in 2014.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 30/09/2016

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UK advertising watchdog admits it was wrong to ban Greenpeace fracking advert – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2016 in advertising, complaints, energy, environmental protection, media, news by tracey

‘The UK’s advertising watchdog has admitted it made the wrong decision when it banned a Greenpeace advert last year which claimed fracking would not cut energy bills.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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Antiques dealer found guilty of trying to sell elephant tusk at Christie’s after being ‘misled by expert’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 9th, 2016 in animals, auctioneers, environmental protection, fines, news by tracey

‘A dealer who tried to sell an elephant tusk at Christie’s has been spared a fine after claiming he was “misled” by their antiques experts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2016

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Coffee chain fined £160k for leaving rubbish bags on London streets – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 15th, 2016 in costs, environmental protection, fines, litter, news, waste by sally

‘Starbucks has been fined more than £160,000 after two stores in central London repeatedly left rubbish bags on a busy pavement outside of normal collection times.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th August 2016

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Record sentence handed down in environmental prosecution – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in environmental protection, fraud, news, sentencing, waste by sally

‘A Leeds waste operator has been jailed for seven years and six months for £2.2m fraud involving recycled electrical waste following an Environment Agency investigation.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th July 2016

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Campaigners begin judicial review of North Yorkshire fracking project – OUT-LAW.com

‘A coalition of campaigning groups led by Friends of the Earth has filed an application for judicial review of North Yorkshire County Council’s recent decision to grant planning permission to a shale gas fracking project.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th July 2016

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Activists seek judicial review of Yorkshire fracking decision – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2016 in energy, environmental protection, news, planning by sally

‘Anti-fracking campaigners have applied for judicial review of a council’s decision to allow use of the gas extraction technique in North Yorkshire.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2016

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Another door closes for the Chagossians – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In R (on the application of Bancoult (No 2)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 35, the Supreme Court last week dismissed the attempt to set aside the House of Lord’s controversial 2008 decision in R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2) [2008] UKHL 61. The challenge was grounded in the disclosure of documents in the parallel proceedings of Bancoult No 3 relating to the reliability of a feasibility study into the long term viability of settlement in Chagos Islands.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th July 2016

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Regina (Cooper) v Ashford Borough Council – WLR daily

Posted June 30th, 2016 in environmental protection, gipsies, law reports, local government, planning by tracey

Regina (Cooper) v Ashford Borough Council: [2016] EWHC 1525 (Admin)

‘The claimant sought judicial review of the grant of planning permission by the local planning authority for four gipsy pitches and associated development at a site, on the ground, inter alia, that the local authority had erred in failing to have regard to a material consideration, namely that the grant of permission would set a precedent for the development of further gipsy and traveller sites causing cumulative harm to the semi-natural ancient woodland in the area.’

WLR Daily, 24th June 2016

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A1P1 and public policy: compensation for not fishing? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘An interesting Court of Appeal decision concerning the science of migratory salmon, and the circumstances in which compensation will be granted when an interference with Article 1 Protocol 1 is found.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd June 2016

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Business And Human Rights… More Than Lofty Rhetoric? – RightsInfo

‘This Thursday, it will be five years since the United Nations Human Rights Council first adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. This post argues that while the UK has demonstrated its commitment to these principles and the protection of human rights in business, there is still room for improvement.’

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RightsInfo, 13th June 2016

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Popular zoo animals could be banned under EU rules amid fears about them escaping – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 6th, 2016 in animals, EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Popular zoo animals including raccoons and chipmunks could be banned from collections under EU rules amid concerns about them escaping and setting up home, it has been claimed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th June 2016

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