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Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Miracle Jones

Representatives from 29 states on Tuesday asked [application, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to block the he implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) [materials]. The plan seeks to eliminate the amount of carbon emissions through reducing coal and oil production by shifting to … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Thursday rejected a bid to block [order, PDF] the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP) [materials]. A three-judge panel of the DC Circuit issued an order denying an application seeking to stay the … [read more]

Legal News
28 Dec 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Italian cities Milan and Rome on Monday restricted [BBC report] the use of cars, motor cycles, and scooters as smog levels have increased. Experts believe that the unseasonably dry and calm weather contributed to the increased smog pollution. Restrictions in Milan ban motor vehicles for six hours a day … [read more]

Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST]US President Barack Obama [official website] on Saturday applauded [press release] the new climate change agreement reached Friday at the Paris summit. The agreement was reached during the twenty-first annual conference of parties, known as COP21 [official website]. He stated that the agreement could be a turning point for the … [read more]

Legal News
5 Dec 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] stated [press release] Saturday that various UN organizations will sponsor a summit in 2016 to promote progress in addressing worldwide climate issues. During the UN climate change conference (COP21) [official website], the secretary-general announced that organizations such as the World Bank and the … [read more]

Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment on Thursday spoke [press release] at the Paris Climate Conference, reminding all nations that environmental issues are human rights issues. The conference includes 190 nations discussing a new universal agreement that would work to reduce greenhouse gas to … [read more]

Legal News
29 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

Brazil's Minster of Natural Environment said Friday that the country's government plans to sue BHP Billiton Ltd., Vale SA, and Samarco Mineração SA for USD $5.24 billion for damages caused by a dam collapse at an iron ore site the two co-own. The iron ore site, Samarco Mineração SA, is … [read more]

Legal News
22 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Janos Pasztor, the UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, on Friday, announced [press release] that the upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris on November 30th must serve as the turning point for climate law throughout the world. The conference will take place in Le Bourget in … [read more]

Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [press release] Thursday for countries to develop stronger international laws governing incendiary weapons. The report [text, PDF] provides a five-year review of the developments surrounding incendiary weapons discussing, among other things, instances of its recent use in several countries including Syria, Libya and … [read more]

Legal News
4 Nov 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert warned [press release] Tuesday that climate change may threaten food security. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food [official website], Hilal Elver, warned that the intense weather conditions, including droughts, high temperatures, earthquakes and hurricanes, are threatening crops, livestock, fish and … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Nanping Municipal Intermediate People's Court of Fujian found in favor [Xinhua report] of two environmental groups on Thursday under a new environmental law. The court ordered defendants to restore destroyed vegetation and pay compensation for the damage that resulted from of an illegal mining expansion. This was the first … [read more]

Legal News
19 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] on Tuesday proposed [press release] new rules to cut methane emissions by the oil and gas industry, as part of the Obama Administration's commitment to taking action on climate change. The new measures will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2015
by Devin Montgomery

US President Barack Obama on Monday announced [statement, video] a set of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] power plant pollution regulations [EPA materials] designed to improve air quality and reduce green house gas emissions. The so-called "Clean Power Plan" sets carbon and other pollutant emission standards for states … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jul 2015
by Devin Montgomery

China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil [corporate websites] for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Sarah Boehme

US President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff met Tuesday and announced an agreement [text] to address climate change. Both countries pledged to reduce carbon emissions by increasing the use of wind and solar power sources to 20 percent of each nation's electricity production by 2030. Brazil also pledged … [read more]

Academic Commentary
22 Apr 2015
by Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts School of Law
edited by Yuxin Jiang

JURIST Guest Columnist Jeremiah A. Ho of the University of Massachusetts School of Law, discusses the amended Indiana "religious freedom" bills and marriage equality issues in the US... Despite a gaining momentum for extending marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide, tension still exists in the evolutionary struggle for LGBTQ anti-discrimination … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss [press release] the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and … [read more]

Legal News
20 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit [brief, PDF] on Thursday against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] accusing the group of failing to comply with a court order to strengthen storm drain pollution regulation. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) [advocacy websites] … [read more]

Legal News
1 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia Dandan has urged states attending the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, to commit to a new legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. The twentieth session of the global climate change conference (COP20) … [read more]

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