Center for International Environmental Law

Since 1989, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) has worked to strengthen and use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society.

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Friday, January 17, 2020
Ninth Circuit Concludes US Government and Fossil Fuels Responsible for Grave Harms; Abdicates its Role to Remedy those Harms in Juliana v United States
Today, the Ninth Circuit delivered its ruling in Juliana v United States , the landmark climate case brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the US government for violating their constitutional rights to a livable climate. “What is remarkable about this decision, and what will land it in legal...
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Thursday, December 05, 2019
Countries Have a Duty to Pursue Disability-Inclusive Climate Action, According to New Report
Today, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), and Inclusiva released a new report The Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the Context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change . In the midst of the current climate negotiations...
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Thursday, December 05, 2019
Investments in Oil and Gas Production Over the Next Five Years Will Lock-In More than 1.5°C of Global Warming
Over the coming five years, the oil and gas sector intends to invest USD 1.4 trillion developing new oil and gas extraction. This risks locking in enough carbon emissions to push warming beyond 2°C, let alone 1.5°C, according to a new report by the Global Gas and Oil Network supported by Oil Change...
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Thursday, December 05, 2019
New Report Confirms: Human Rights Are Integral to Climate Action
Rights in a Changing Climate , a new report released today by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), and funded by the Government of Luxembourg, provides the first comprehensive review of human-rights-related policies and guidelines adopted under the UN Framework Convention on...
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Friday, October 25, 2019
ExxonMobil Faces Another Lawsuit: Massachusetts Sues for Climate Deception
Today, Massachusetts became the second state to sue ExxonMobil for misleading investors about climate change and the first to sue ExxonMobil for deceiving consumers. The lawsuit, filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, claims that the company knowingly deceived investors and consumers...
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Members of Congress, Argentinian and US Groups Call on OPIC to reject financing for fracking in Argentina
In its final meeting this Wednesday, the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will consider two major fracking projects in Argentina that would worsen the climate emergency the world is now facing. “Drilling in Vaca Muerta will accelerate the climate crisis and...
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Sweeping New Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate
In 2019 alone, the production and incineration of plastic will add more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—equal to the pollution from 189 new 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants, according to a new report, Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet...
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Friday, May 10, 2019
UN Decides to Control Global Plastic Waste Dumping
Today, 187 countries took a major step forward in curbing the plastic waste crisis by adding plastic to the Basel Convention, a treaty that controls the movement of hazardous waste from one country to another. The amendments require exporters to obtain the consent of receiving countries before...
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Friday, April 05, 2019
Historic Climate Lawsuit Against Shell Filed in the Netherlands
The Hague — Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) filed suit today against Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands to legally compel the company to address its role in the climate crisis. The case was filed on behalf seven organizations and more than 17,000 individual plaintiffs. The...
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Thursday, April 04, 2019
UN Human Rights Committee Flags US Must Address Climate Change to Protect the Right to Life
Today, the UN Human Rights Committee made public its request that the US government provide information regarding policies and measures implemented by the government to protect the right to life from the adverse impacts of climate change. This marks the first time that the oldest human rights...
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