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.

Releases by this organization

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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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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
New Report Reveals Plastic Threatens Human Health on a Global Scale
A new report released today reveals that plastic is a human health crisis hiding in plain sight. Plastic & Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet , authored by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Earthworks, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), Healthy...
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Monday, January 07, 2019
CIEL Response to US Supreme Court’s Rejection of ExxonMobil’s Appeal to Block MA Attorney General Consumer Protection Probe
Today, the US Supreme Court rejected ExxonMobil’s appeal to block Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s probe into what Exxon knew about the role of fossil fuels in driving climate change. The court holds that Healey has the jurisdiction to seek records and move forward with the...
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Friday, July 20, 2018
CIEL Statement on Baltimore Climate Lawsuit
Today, the city of Baltimore filed a climate lawsuit in state court against 26 fossil fuel companies, including BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, and ConocoPhillips, for damages caused by climate change. Baltimore is facing increasing costs of adapting to climate change, as rising sea levels,...
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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
New Report Warns of Hidden Economic Risks to Booming Plastics Investments
A new report released today by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) raises new and significant questions about the economic rationale for the massive wave of new infrastructure investments in“ plastics and petrochemicals. Untested Assumptions and Unanswered Questions in the...
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Case Studies Demonstrate EU Member State Protections Threatened by CETA
A series of new case studies published today by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) reveals that the Canada-EU trade deal (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA) may strip EU Member States of their ability to regulate in the public interest. Using the examples of...
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
New York City Takes Bolds Steps to Protect New Yorkers from Climate Impacts and Risks
Today New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that the city is suing five major fossil fuel companies for their contribution to climate change, and that by 2022 the city’s pension funds will divest from fossil fuels. New York City is suing ExxonMobil, Chevron,...
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