Michael Haines

Cooker of curries and roasts, player of guitar and banjo, observer of birds and people, struggling gardener. Communications manager at ClientEarth.

Smoggy London: Air pollution hits new high as UK govt ignores toxic issue

Our Healthy Air Campaign lead, Maria Arnold, has spoken with Russia Today about London’s illegal levels of air pollution. Watch the video here.

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Smoggy London: Air pollution hits new high as UK govt ignores toxic issue

Our Healthy Air Campaign lead, Maria Arnold, has spoken with Russia Today about London’s illegal levels of air pollution. Watch the video here.

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Fish of the fortnight: Pouting with spicy puy lentils

White fish is a wonderful thing. It’s tender, succulent, buttery, and breaks into delicious mouthfuls at a nudge. It’s no surprise that cod and haddock are so enduringly popular at the chip shop, in a family fish pie or with crispy chunks of chorizo for an evening meal.

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Fish of the fortnight: Pouting with spicy puy lentils

White fish is a wonderful thing. It’s tender, succulent, buttery, and breaks into delicious mouthfuls at a nudge. It’s no surprise that cod and haddock are so enduringly popular at the chip shop, in a family fish pie or with crispy chunks of chorizo for an evening meal.

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Fish Dependence: A wake-up call for overfishing in the EU

We may be an island nation that prides itself on its fish and chips, but you might be surprised by where much of our cod is coming from.

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Fish Dependence: A wake-up call for overfishing in the EU

We may be an island nation that prides itself on its fish and chips, but you might be surprised by where much of our cod is coming from.

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Armchair scientists could help uncover new opportunities for air pollution research

Interesting developments on collecting air pollution data today: kickstarter funding has enabled researchers to develop low-cost, domestic air quality monitors which will collect information on levels of NO2, particulate matter and other atmospheric characteristics damaging to our health.

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Armchair scientists could help uncover new opportunities for air pollution research

Interesting developments on collecting air pollution data today: kickstarter funding has enabled researchers to develop low-cost, domestic air quality monitors which will collect information on levels of NO2, particulate matter and other atmospheric characteristics damaging to our health.

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Bad Air

In 1884, twice a week from half past midnight to half past four, slum dwellers of Dundee were roused from sleep by knocks on the door. Three men in frock coats strode upstairs to their sleeping quarters and sucked samples of air into glass phials.

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Bad Air

In 1884, twice a week from half past midnight to half past four, slum dwellers of Dundee were roused from sleep by knocks on the door. Three men in frock coats strode upstairs to their sleeping quarters and sucked samples of air into glass phials.

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Doorstep Diversity

Biodiversity is a word often associated with more exotic climes, and hard to visualise as applicable to an urban environment. However, even the least likely (in this case the London borough of Hackney) can harbour an impressive host of flora and fauna…

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Doorstep Diversity

Biodiversity is a word often associated with more exotic climes, and hard to visualise as applicable to an urban environment. However, even the least likely (in this case the London borough of Hackney) can harbour an impressive host of flora and fauna…

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Fish Fight launched in Poland: bringing fisheries issues to the top of public debate

One year after great success of Fish Fight in the UK, led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and supported by the coalition of NGOs (including ClientEarth), the campaign arrived in Poland.

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Fish Fight launched in Poland: bringing fisheries issues to the top of public debate

One year after great success of Fish Fight in the UK, led by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and supported by the coalition of NGOs (including ClientEarth), the campaign arrived in Poland.

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Transparency: reflections from across the pond

Most of you will have caught wind of the recent Heartland Institute scandal, in which a prominent scientist and climate activist, Dr. Peter Gleick, leaked the climate sceptical group’s confidential strategy documents.

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Transparency: reflections from across the pond

Most of you will have caught wind of the recent Heartland Institute scandal, in which a prominent scientist and climate activist, Dr. Peter Gleick, leaked the climate sceptical group’s confidential strategy documents.

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Ambitious emissions reductions: greater energy security and a competitive European economy

This week, the European Commission published the Staff Working Paper Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions: Member State results.

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Ambitious emissions reductions: greater energy security and a competitive European economy

This week, the European Commission published the Staff Working Paper Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions: Member State results.

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A crucial time for energy efficiency in Europe

A few weeks from now, the European Parliament’s Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will vote on the Commission’s proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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A crucial time for energy efficiency in Europe

A few weeks from now, the European Parliament’s Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) will vote on the Commission’s proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

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COP17 – a few reports you might have missed

COP17 is undoubtedly a ‘big deal’, with major publications covering up to date news coverage, the factual breakdown of the talks in Durban is easily accessible.

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COP17 – a few reports you might have missed

COP17 is undoubtedly a ‘big deal’, with major publications covering up to date news coverage, the factual breakdown of the talks in Durban is easily accessible.

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Will the Commission’s proposal achieve sustainable fisheries?

This week, ClientEarth’s Sandy Luk and Susie Wilks gave a presentation to European politicians in Brussels on whether the European Commission’s reform proposal for the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) will achieve sustainable fisheries.

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Will the Commission’s proposal achieve sustainable fisheries?

This week, ClientEarth’s Sandy Luk and Susie Wilks gave a presentation to European politicians in Brussels on whether the European Commission’s reform proposal for the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) will achieve sustainable fisheries.

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How current intergenerational unfairness is affecting the environment

Angus Hanton, of the newly established Intergenerational Foundation, describes how he hopes current unfairness towards the younger generation might be used to help future generations.

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How current intergenerational unfairness is affecting the environment

Angus Hanton, of the newly established Intergenerational Foundation, describes how he hopes current unfairness towards the younger generation might be used to help future generations.

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We need climate change education to secure more UK jobs

Blog by Matt Williams (ClientEarth communications intern) and Helen Markides who are part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition’s youth delegation to the United Nations climate talks.

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We need climate change education to secure more UK jobs

Blog by Matt Williams (ClientEarth communications intern) and Helen Markides who are part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition’s youth delegation to the United Nations climate talks.

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Talkin’ about the GAP

ClientEarth is delighted to be joined by Matt Williams from the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC). Matt is part of UKYCC’s youth delegation to the UN climate talks (un.ukycc.org) and he is currently interning with our communications team.

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Talkin’ about the GAP

ClientEarth is delighted to be joined by Matt Williams from the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC). Matt is part of UKYCC’s youth delegation to the UN climate talks (un.ukycc.org) and he is currently interning with our communications team.

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Tar sands in Europe? No thanks.

EU lawmakers are to introduce a new directive which would effectively ban tar sands fuel from entering Europe. It is concerning that the UK government is trying to block it.

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Tar sands in Europe? No thanks.

EU lawmakers are to introduce a new directive which would effectively ban tar sands fuel from entering Europe. It is concerning that the UK government is trying to block it.

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The day they shouted “Save the Fish!”

On 24th May, ClientEarth and the Zoological Society of London launched a project to help young people forge a contract with world leaders to protect the planet and its oceans for future generations.

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The day they shouted “Save the Fish!”

On 24th May, ClientEarth and the Zoological Society of London launched a project to help young people forge a contract with world leaders to protect the planet and its oceans for future generations.

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Justice between generations and a plan to save the planet

Tuesday 24 May brought together ClientEarth and the Zoological Society of London in an unlikely setting – Selfridge’s UltraLounge.

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Justice between generations and a plan to save the planet

Tuesday 24 May brought together ClientEarth and the Zoological Society of London in an unlikely setting – Selfridge’s UltraLounge.

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EU and Indonesia sign landmark deal to end illegal trade in timber

On 4 May, Indonesia’s minister of forestry and EU trade commissioner signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement in a bid to end the trade and importation of illegally logged timber from Indonesia’s forests.

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EU and Indonesia sign landmark deal to end illegal trade in timber

On 4 May, Indonesia’s minister of forestry and EU trade commissioner signed a Voluntary Partnership Agreement in a bid to end the trade and importation of illegally logged timber from Indonesia’s forests.

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Court costs in the dock: EU begins legal challenge to UK’s prohibitively expensive system

On 6 April 2011, the European Commission announced that it is referring the UK to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Court costs in the dock: EU begins legal challenge to UK’s prohibitively expensive system

On 6 April 2011, the European Commission announced that it is referring the UK to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Lack of spatial planning policy threatens bears’ habitats

The Warsaw University of Life Sciences organized in Cracow workshop within the project on the conservation strategy for brown bear aimed at guaranteeing the long-term survival of the brown bear population in Poland.

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Lack of spatial planning policy threatens bears’ habitats

The Warsaw University of Life Sciences organized in Cracow workshop within the project on the conservation strategy for brown bear aimed at guaranteeing the long-term survival of the brown bear population in Poland.

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Black cabs green future

The black cab is undoubtedly one of London’s most iconic images that is recognised the world over. There are currently around 21,000 black cabs in London.

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Black cabs green future

The black cab is undoubtedly one of London’s most iconic images that is recognised the world over. There are currently around 21,000 black cabs in London.

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Chefs move Europe

It’s great to see that EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, has acknowledged the success of the Fishfight campaign.

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Chefs move Europe

It’s great to see that EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, has acknowledged the success of the Fishfight campaign.

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