Badger cull fueling illegal wildlife crimes, charities claim – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 17th, 2018 in animals, crime, environmental protection, news, reports by tracey

‘The badger cull is fuelling hundreds of illegal wildlife crimes every year, charities have warned as they claimed the authorised slaughter is responsible for the trend. Nearly 1,300 incidents involving wildlife were recorded in 2016 alone, a report has found. The actual number of incidents is also likely to be “far greater” as the Home Office currently categorises many of the crimes as miscellaneous.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th April 2018

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Dog walker and council both claim success in High Court ruling on PSPO – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 16th, 2018 in dogs, environmental protection, local government, news by tracey

‘A resident and dog walker has partially won a High Court challenge to a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) brought in by the London Borough of Richmond. However, the council said the two provisions that were quashed by the judge were only “minor prohibitions” and the bulk of the order remained intact.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2018

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Solar power settlement is “largest ever” Human Rights Act payment – Litigation Futures

Posted April 5th, 2018 in compensation, energy, environmental protection, human rights, news by sally

‘A law firm has said it has helped obtain the “largest ever sum” recovered by a Human Rights Act claim, after the government settled longstanding litigation by solar energy companies at just under £60m.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th April 2018

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Air pollution: UK government’s failed legal battles cost taxpayers £500,000 – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2018 in costs, environmental protection, news, pollution by sally

‘The UK government has spent more than half a million pounds on failed legal battles against clean air campaigners, according to newly released documents that underline the cost of weak action on pollution.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2018

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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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140-year-old law preventing river fishing during spring likely to be scrapped following Government review – Daily Telegraph

‘140-year-old law that prevents river fishing for three months a year could be scrapped following a Government review.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2018

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Groundhog Day for air pollution breaches: Government loses again – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 23rd, 2018 in environmental protection, government departments, news, pollution by tracey

‘R (ClientEarth No.3) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Garnham J, 21 February 2018. DEFRA has been found wanting again, in its latest attempt to address nitrogen dioxide in air. This is the third time. Yet DEFRA’s own analysis suggests that some 23,500 people die every year because of this pollutant.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd February 2017

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Court dismisses Nigerian claim against UK parent company – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 21st, 2018 in environmental protection, negligence, news, subsidiary companies by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a claim brought by two Nigerian community groups against Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) for environmental damage caused by one of its subsidiaries.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st February 2018

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Judge quashes grant of permission for holiday park over failure to give reasons – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 19th, 2018 in appeals, environmental protection, news, planning, reasons by sally

‘A Planning Court judge has quashed Shepway District Council’s grant of planning permission for a holiday park in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th February 2018

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Supreme Court: Environment Agency must compensate fisherman for ‘disproportionate’ fishing restrictions – OUT-LAW.com

‘The Environment Agency (EA) must compensate a fisherman for the “severe and disproportionate” effect of conditions imposed on his fishing license limiting the number of fish he can catch in one year, the UK Supreme Court has ruled.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2018

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CIGI: Brexit, Brexatom, the Environment and Future International Relations (Stephen Tromans QC) – 39 Essex Chambers

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in EC law, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The terms of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union remain vague and fluid at the time of writing. However, it is clear that the prospect has given rise to concern as to the future shape and effectiveness of environmental law following Brexit. EU environmental law, as it has evolved and expanded since the early 1970s, has exerted a profound influence over the law of the United Kingdom, and has in many areas resulted in entrenched environmental problems being tackled and environmental standards being improved.’

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39 Essex Chambers, January 2018

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Air pollution will damage UK health for ‘many years’, court told – The Guardian

‘Air pollution will continue to take a heavy toll on people’s health for many years to come unless the UK government is forced once again to improve its action plan, the high court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2018

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Renewed calls for UK to tackle toxic air ahead of high court hearing – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2018 in environmental protection, legislation, news, pollution by sally

‘The government is coming under renewed pressure to introduce a new Clean Air Act to tackle the UK’s toxic levels of air pollution.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2018

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DEFRA consults on allowing councils to fine people over fly-tipping – Local Government Lawyer

‘Local authorities could have the option of fining those whose waste ends up fly-tipped or illegally dumped rather than having to pursue them through the courts, under proposals put out for consultation by the Government today.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th January 2018

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Judges reject fracking appeals but campaigner vows to go to Supreme Court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 15th, 2018 in appeals, energy, environmental protection, local government, news, planning by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected a legal challenge to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision to grant planning permission for exploration works to test the feasibility of “fracking” at two sites in Lancashire.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th January 2018

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Householders could face fines for using fly-tippers – The Guardian

Posted January 15th, 2018 in environmental protection, fines, local government, news, waste by sally

‘Households whose rubbish ends up being dumped illegally by unauthorised disposal companies could face fines under plans being considered by the government.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2018

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Brexit bill may have broken international environment law, says UN – The Guardian

Posted January 10th, 2018 in bills, consultations, EC law, environmental protection, international law, news by sally

‘The British government may have breached a major “environmental democracy” law by failing to consult the public when drawing up Brexit legislation.’

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The Guardian, 9th January 2018

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Plastic bag charge: 5p levy could be extended in England – BBC News

Posted January 10th, 2018 in environmental protection, news by sally

‘The 5p charge for plastic bags in large shops in England could be extended to cover nearly all retailers, as part of government plans for the environment.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2018

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Animals to be banned from English circuses – The Independent

Posted January 9th, 2018 in animals, consultations, environmental protection, news by sally

‘Wild animals will be banned from circuses in England under plans reportedly due to be announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.’

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The Independent, 9th January 2018

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