Can climate litigation save the world? – The Guardian

‘Courts are a new front line of climate action with cases against governments and oil firms spiralling, and while victories have so far been rare the pressure for change is growing’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2018

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Climate Justice and the Global Pact – speech by Lord Carnwath – Supreme Court

Posted March 8th, 2018 in climate change, environmental protection, judges, speeches by tracey

‘Climate Justice and the Global Pact, Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change and the Law in Lahore, Pakistan.’

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Supreme Court, 26th February 2018

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Ofcom to investigate BBC climate change interview – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2017 in BBC, climate change, complaints, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Media watchdog Ofcom has launched its first broadcasting standards investigation into the BBC since taking over as its regulator in April.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2017

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in climate change, energy, environmental protection, news, regulations, roads, transport by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update William Upton, Nicholas Ostrowski, Frances Lawson and Mark Davies consider the failure of Highways England’s plan for a Kent Lorry Park, the recent publication of the Environment Agency’s Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance, revisions to the EU ETS and the Powering Past Coal Alliance, and the new Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.’

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Six Pump Court, 20th November 2017

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Press regulator censures Mail on Sunday for global warming claims – The Guardian

Posted September 18th, 2017 in agreements, climate change, codes of practice, complaints, media, news by tracey

‘Claims in the Mail on Sunday that global warming data had been exaggerated in order to secure the Paris climate change agreement have been criticised by the UK’s press regulator.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2017

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Government given 21 days to explain climate change failures or face legal action – The Independent

Posted April 12th, 2017 in budgets, climate change, delay, energy, government departments, news, pollution by sally

‘Environmental lawyers at campaign group ClientEarth set deadline amid concern over repeated delays to publication of Government’s key plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.’

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The Independent, 11th April 2017

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in climate change, EC law, enforcement, environmental protection, news, reports by sally

‘In this latest Environmental News Update, Christopher Badger comments on a record payment for an enforcement undertaking agreed by the Environment Agency, the House of Lords Brexit report, and the UK’s role in the EU-ETS scheme.’

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Six Pump Court, 22nd February 2017

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Government facing legal action over failure to fight climate change – The Independent

‘The Government is facing legal action over its failure to come up with a plan to dramatically reduce the use of fossil fuels in order to meet the UK’s international commitments in the fight against climate change.’

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The Independent, 28th January 2017

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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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Brexit – what will happen to the UK’s environmental policy? – Cloisters

‘If the UK leaves the EU what will happen to the UK’s environmental policy? This is not, as outlined below, a purely academic question.’

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Cloisters, 7th April 2016

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Law firm in new legal threat over UK air pollution – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2016 in climate change, law firms, news, pollution by sally

‘The UK government has been warned to drastically reduce air pollution or face renewed legal action.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2016

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A1P1 claims by photovoltaics get to the Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 6th, 2015 in appeals, climate change, damages, energy, news by sally

‘In 2011, DECC decided to change the rules about subsidies for photovoltaic schemes, and caused substantial losses to those who had contracted or were about to contract on the basis of the more generous old subsidies.’
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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th May 2015

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Court proceedings might not be the best way to deal with fracking protests, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 21st, 2013 in climate change, demonstrations, energy, environmental protection, news by sally

“Taking court action to remove protestors from the Sussex site where energy firm Cuadrilla is carrying out exploratory drilling linked to shale gas deposits in the area may not be the most effective course of action, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th August 2013

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EIR: when is information ‘held’? – Panopticon

“One of the issues which commonly arises for information law practitioners is the question, which arises under both FOIA and the EIR, of whether a public authority actually holds the information which has been requested. The leading case on section 1(1) FOIA is University of Newcastle v IC & British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection [2011] UKUT 185 (AAC), [2011] 2 Info LR 54 and substantially the same approach has been adopted in, for example, Keiller v IC and University of East Anglia [2012] 1 Info LR 128 and Clyne v IC & London Borough of Lambeth [2012] 2 Info LR 24 in relation to regulation 3(2) EIR. What is required is a common-sense and non-technical approach. That, of course, is easier stated than applied.”

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Panopticon, 7th May 2013

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Anti-fracking activists found guilty of trespass – The Guardian

“Three activists were found guilty at Preston magistrates court on Tuesday on charges of aggravated trespass and assault after occupying a fracking rig in a Lancashire protest last year.”

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The Guardian, 17th July 2012

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Climate change human rights litigation: is it so radical? Nicola Peart – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 10th, 2012 in climate change, human rights, news by sally

“In the UK there are at present no rights expressly cast in terms applicable to climate change, nor have our traditional human rights been extensively interpreted as covering climate change consequences. As David Hart QC identifies in his blog, Is climate change a human rights issue?, human rights principles, to be useful for climate change litigators, have to have some democratic backing somewhere. So is there any hope, in the near future at least, of formally or even informally establishing a link between climate change and human rights in the UK? Is human rights based climate change litigation as ‘radical’ as David Hart suggests?”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th May 2012

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Is climate change a human rights issue? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 25th, 2012 in climate change, human rights, news by sally

“In his thought-provoking Guardian post Climate change is a human rights issue – and that’s how we can solve it, Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, makes a case for human rights playing a radical new part in our response to climate change.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th April 2012

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Climate change: No right to know effect of new EU rules – UK Human Rights Blog

“The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (‘EIR’) did not require the Department of Energy and Climate Change (‘DECC’) to disclose information concerning the government’s analysis of the potential cost to the UK of strengthened climate change commitments by the EU, the First-tier Tribunal (General Regulatory Chamber, Information Rights) has held.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th November 2011

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