No case to answer: prosecution under s. 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990 dismissed – Local Government Lawyer

‘Sarah Salmon reports on how a social landlord successfully defended a private prosecution brought by an occupier of one of its properties under section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st October 2021

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Judge issues protest warning as Paralympian jailed for plane stunt – The Guardian

‘A British Paralympic gold medallist has been jailed for a year for glueing himself to the roof of a passenger jet in an Extinction Rebellion protest – the first custodial sentence for any action linked to the group.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2021

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Government takes legal action against M25 climate protesters – Home Office

‘Activists who have been carrying out a string of disruptive demonstrations along the M25, causing travel chaos for tens of thousands of people, will be in contempt of court if they breach the terms of an interim injunction won by National Highways today (22 September 2021).’

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Home Office, 22nd September 2021

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Watchdog to launch crackdown on ads falsely claiming green credentials – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2021 in advertising, complaints, environmental protection, news by tracey

‘Airline ads that encourage taking too many flights and carmakers that show SUVs tearing up the countryside are set to fall foul of a crackdown on marketing that encourages environmentally irresponsible behaviour.

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2021

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Ministers plan legal action to stop Insulate Britain disrupting motorways – The Guardian

‘Priti Patel and Grant Shapps are seeking a court injunction to stop environmental protesters from targeting major motorways after five days of tailbacks and damaging headlines for the government.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2021

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UK climate laws ‘falling short’ despite emissions reductions – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 10th, 2021 in climate change, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The UK’s “pioneering” climate laws have been more effective than legislative efforts elsewhere in the world – but are still failing to reduce emissions by an adequate amount, a campaigning legal group reports today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th September 2021

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Public inquiry begins into plans for new coalmine in Cumbria – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2021 in climate change, energy, environmental protection, inquiries, news by sally

‘There is dwindling support for proposals to build the UK’s first deep coalmine in 30 years in Cumbria, say campaigners, as a public inquiry into the mining plans gets under way.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2021

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XR demands answers on how protests will be policed after Supreme Court defends disruptive demonstrations – The Independent

‘Extinction Rebellion has demanded to know how its upcoming demonstrations will be policed after the Supreme Court ruled that protest can be a “lawful excuse” to block roads under human rights law.’

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The Independent, 22nd August 2021

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Watchdog backs regulator’s plan to reduce UK energy firms’ returns – The Guardian

‘The competition watchdog has sided with Great Britain’s energy regulator after an industry rebellion over a clampdown on the returns energy network companies can make at the expense of customer bills.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2021

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Prosecutors review Extinction Rebellion cases as third protester in three days has conviction quashed – The Independent

‘Prosecutors are reviewing numerous Extinction Rebellion cases after a third protester in as many days had their conviction quashed.’

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The Independent, 5th August 2021

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Judge rejects legal challenge over £27.4bn roads programme – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has thrown out a campaign group’s legal challenge to the Government’s £27.4bn Road Investment Strategy 2: 2020-25.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th July 2021

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Extinction Rebellion: Paralympian James Brown guilty over plane stunt – BBC News

‘A former Paralympian who glued himself to the roof of a plane has been found guilty of causing a public nuisance.’

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BBC News, 29th July 2021

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Court of Appeal revives “unmanageable” £5bn class action – Legal Futures

‘A decision to strike out an “unmanageable” £5bn group action brought by 200,000 claimants over a dam collapse in Brazil can be appealed, the Court of Appeal has decided.’

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Legal Futures, 28th July 2021

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Activists lose legal bid to stop £27bn roads plan for England – The Guardian

‘Campaigners have lost a legal challenge to the government’s £27bn roadbuilding programme after the high court dismissed their application for a judicial review.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2021

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UK faces legal action over North Sea oilfield exploration plans – The Guardian

‘The government faces the threat of legal action over plans to allow exploration at the Cambo oilfield near Shetland after promising to put an end to new oil exploration licences that do not align with the UK’s climate goals.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2021

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Perils of going against officer advice – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Skiing off-piste is dangerous. Reasons include instability of snow, hidden rocks and cliff edges and inaccessibility. Similarly, if local authority planning committee members go ‘off-piste’ in determining an issue against officer recommendations, without giving intelligible and adequate reasons for doing so, their decision risks a fatal crash in the High Court. So on 21 May 2021 Mrs Justice Tipples quashed planning consent given by Cornwall County Council for the development of a detached two-storey agricultural dwelling with garage and parking in the Rame Head area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) against officer recommendations. This was because the council ‘was under a common law duty to give reasons for the grant of planning permission’ and it was ‘a case where the defects in reasons go to the heart of the justification for permission and undermine its validity.’ The case in question was R (Cross) v Cornwall Council [2021] EWHC 1323 (Admin).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th July 2021

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Laws of nature: could UK rivers be given the same rights as people? – The Guardian

Posted July 19th, 2021 in environmental health, environmental protection, human rights, news, water by michael

‘In 2018, Frome Town Council tried to pass a bylaw giving part of the river [Frome] and the adjacent Rodden meadow the status of a person in law. This would establish their right to exist, flourish and thrive, and for the river to flow freely and have a natural water cycle, as well as ensuring timely and effective restoration if they were damaged.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2021

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Rights groups join forces to call for UK corporate accountability laws – The Guardian

Posted July 5th, 2021 in company law, environmental protection, human rights, news by tracey

‘Almost 30 organisations have joined forces to call for the UK to follow in the footsteps of its European partners by introducing corporate accountability laws requiring companies to undertake human rights and environmental due diligence across their supply chains.’

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The Guardian, 4th July 2021

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Right to repair rules will extend lifespan of products, government says – BBC News

‘Washing machines, TVs and fridges will be cheaper to run under a new legal right for repairs, the government says.’

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BBC News, 1stJuly2021

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UK introducing three laws that threaten human rights, says UN expert – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson’s government is introducing three pieces of legislation that will make human rights violations more likely to occur and less likely to be sanctioned even as averting climate catastrophe depends on these rights, the UN special rapporteur for human rights and the environment has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2021

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