James ThorntonJames Thornton

Chief executive of ClientEarth and one of New Statesman's 'Ten People Who Could Change the World'.

Staying in the EU is best for UK nature and climate

If you want to take care of animals, plants, people, and the whole of the environment, stay in the EU. It really is that simple.

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Staying in the EU is best for UK nature and climate

If you want to take care of animals, plants, people, and the whole of the environment, stay in the EU. It really is that simple.

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ClientEarth levels the playing field

What is ClientEarth’s mission? An interview with Big Issue Japan gave me opportunity to reflect.

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ClientEarth levels the playing field

What is ClientEarth’s mission? An interview with Big Issue Japan gave me opportunity to reflect.

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The EU’s Attack on Citizens’ Right to Know

The European Union is engaged in a war on its citizens’ right to know.

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The EU’s Attack on Citizens’ Right to Know

The European Union is engaged in a war on its citizens’ right to know.

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One for the Whales

ClientEarth’s legal expertise has helped the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society achieve a real victory for the conservation of humpback and fin whales.

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One for the Whales

ClientEarth’s legal expertise has helped the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society achieve a real victory for the conservation of humpback and fin whales.

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Two Key Articles

I’d like to bring two excellent new articles to your attention, both of which discuss how the EU deals with environmental matters.

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Two Key Articles

I’d like to bring two excellent new articles to your attention, both of which discuss how the EU deals with environmental matters.

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What judges don’t know

If foxes know many things and hedgehogs one big thing, what do judges know? The law? That would be a reasonable assumption. But in the U.K. and the rest of Europe, when it comes to the environment, judges often don’t know the law.

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What judges don’t know

If foxes know many things and hedgehogs one big thing, what do judges know? The law? That would be a reasonable assumption. But in the U.K. and the rest of Europe, when it comes to the environment, judges often don’t know the law.

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Are Climate Change Reporters an Endangered Species?

Why aren’t we seeing more coverage of climate change in the media? The issue is hardly going away. And now that world governments after Durban are not planning to take action ’til 2020, we need more coverage, not less.

Yet environmentalists reported a drop off in climate change reporting in 2009 and 2010, and we may well see this again when we look back at 2011.

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Are Climate Change Reporters an Endangered Species?

Why aren’t we seeing more coverage of climate change in the media? The issue is hardly going away. And now that world governments after Durban are not planning to take action ’til 2020, we need more coverage, not less.

Yet environmentalists reported a drop off in climate change reporting in 2009 and 2010, and we may well see this again when we look back at 2011.

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Fossil Fuels v. EPA: Europeans Join the Fray

Today I’m writing about one of the most important cases before the U.S. courts this year. Called Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, it is being argued before the federal Court of Appeals in Washington. It will decide whether the U.S. Government can regulate greenhouse gases.

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Fossil Fuels v. EPA: Europeans Join the Fray

Today I’m writing about one of the most important cases before the U.S. courts this year. Called Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, it is being argued before the federal Court of Appeals in Washington. It will decide whether the U.S. Government can regulate greenhouse gases.

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A blog for World Oceans Day

Americans are proud of our achievements and freedoms. We are also, famously, the greatest consumers on the planet. Countries across the globe are now jostling for this title, and here in Europe they are determined to give us a run for our money.

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A blog for World Oceans Day

Americans are proud of our achievements and freedoms. We are also, famously, the greatest consumers on the planet. Countries across the globe are now jostling for this title, and here in Europe they are determined to give us a run for our money.

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Striking a blow for environmental justice in Europe

In America, we think the grass is always greener. We assume that Europe is more civilized and sophisticated than we are. This turns out to be entirely wrong when it comes to access to justice for citizens, in which the United States is a model.

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Striking a blow for environmental justice in Europe

In America, we think the grass is always greener. We assume that Europe is more civilized and sophisticated than we are. This turns out to be entirely wrong when it comes to access to justice for citizens, in which the United States is a model.

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On the menu this week: Pesticides

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was set up in 2002 as an independent watchdog working to avoid and address food risks (and food crises) in Europe.

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On the menu this week: Pesticides

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was set up in 2002 as an independent watchdog working to avoid and address food risks (and food crises) in Europe.

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F-gases: an Essential Landmark for Europe’s Low-carbon Roadmap

Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are not something you often hear about in climate-change discussion. Plans for Europe’s low-carbon future focus on limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) – and rightly so. But what about those other climate-forcers?

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F-gases: an Essential Landmark for Europe’s Low-carbon Roadmap

Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are not something you often hear about in climate-change discussion. Plans for Europe’s low-carbon future focus on limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) – and rightly so. But what about those other climate-forcers?

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Black carbon: the new face of an old enemy

Research suggests that black carbon may be the next biggest contributor to global warming, after carbon dioxide (Co2).

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Black carbon: the new face of an old enemy

Research suggests that black carbon may be the next biggest contributor to global warming, after carbon dioxide (Co2).

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Killing the Messenger: The UK Government is wrong to dissolve the Sustainable Development Commission

Among the first strategic moves by the new UK government is to kill the Sustainable Development Commission. This is deeply misguided.

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Killing the Messenger: The UK Government is wrong to dissolve the Sustainable Development Commission

Among the first strategic moves by the new UK government is to kill the Sustainable Development Commission. This is deeply misguided.

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Hollywood director Sydney Pollack’s environmental legacy remembered

Sydney Pollack, the actor, director and producer, has been hailed as a legendary figure, the ‘last of his kind,’ as the Los Angeles Times put it. What is less known is his contribution to the environment.

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Hollywood director Sydney Pollack’s environmental legacy remembered

Sydney Pollack, the actor, director and producer, has been hailed as a legendary figure, the ‘last of his kind,’ as the Los Angeles Times put it. What is less known is his contribution to the environment.

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