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Legal News
1 day ago
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]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) [official website] released a final environmental impact statement [report, PDF] on the dangers of fracking on Monday, which carries the force of law and officially bans fracking in the state. Signed by NYDEC Commissioner Joseph Martens [official profile], the report cited … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 on Monday that the EPA [official website] could not make regulations regarding the toxic emissions of power plants without considering costs. In Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency [SCOTUSBLOG materials], the court considered the question of whether the EPA could … [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
25 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website]. The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably refused to … [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
12 Feb 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act [S1 materials] Wednesday and sent the bill to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto [NYT report] the legislation. The bill passed the House by a vote of 270-152 and passed the Senate [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Senate on Thursday approved the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill [S.1, text], which proposes development of a 1,179 mile pipeline for the transmission of crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. The Republican-led Senate approved the bill in a 62 to 36 vote, with only nine … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Nebraska Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion PDF] Friday that the Keystone XL pipeline route may be approved by Governor Dave Heineman without review by the Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) [official website]. This decision came through an appeal "from the district court's judgment that determined L.B. 1161, … [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]


Legal News
12 Nov 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The US and China on Wednesday announced a negotiated agreement [text] to reduce greenhouse gas output. Leaders of both countries negotiated secretly to arrive at the following pledge: The US seeks to reduce emissions by a quarter or more by 2025, while China will implement greater use of zero-emission … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2014

The UN has been actively engaged in the climate change conversation as a entity mediating and taking the lead on many initiatives. The most recent such activity was the UN Climate Summit 2014 ("the Summit"), held from September 23, 2014 - September 30, 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2014

Changing international relations at the end of the 20th century, as well as concern for how various countries would handle sensitive environmental issues, led to the UN Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Rio Conference. Held in June 1992, the conference produced the first major treaty in … [read more]


Features
2 Nov 2014

According to many experts, such as those that comprise the US Global Change Research Program, climate change as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most pressing and controversial environmental issues facing the international community today. In recent decades, many nations have undertaken measures such as … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A report by Rights and Resources [advocacy website] on Wednesday warned of the growing pressure for land and resources that threatens communities dependent on tropical forests. The report [text, PDF] will be presented at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. There has been longstanding demand from indigenous peoples for … [read more]


Legal News
14 Sep 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Alaska [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a lawsuit claiming that officials have failed in their obligations to address climate change was rightfully dismissed in 2012, but not for the reasons cited by the lower court. The plaintiffs in the case were six … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Missouri Governor Jay Nixon [official website] on Monday signed legislation that will allow Missouri state officials to develop carbon dioxide pollution standards that are less rigid than those mandated by federal guidelines. The signing of the bill coincided [AP report] with the release of proposed rules by the US … [read more]

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