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Congressman introduces bill to legalize marijuana oil
July 29, 2014
US Representative Scott Perry (R-PA) on Monday introduced a bill to nationally legalize cannabidiol (CBD) oil, or marijuana extract, which has been shown to treat seizures in children suffering from epilepsy. Although the bill, called the "Charlotte's Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014," does not legalize....... [more]

Missouri governor signs carbon emissions bill
July 8, 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon 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 with the release of proposed rules by the US Environmental....... [more]

New York top court rules towns may ban fracking
July 1, 2014
The New York Court of Appeals ruled Monday that towns can use zoning laws to ban hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, within their town lines. In a 5-2 decision, the court ruled in favor of the towns of Dryden and Middlefield, which passed zoning ordinances in 2011 that prohibited gas drilling....... [more]

Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to California fuel law
July 1, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition for certiorari in an appeal from the US Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit decision that California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard does not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. The regulation requires reduction of carbon emissions for fuels. Emissions are....... [more]

UN report: environmental crime financing criminal activity, threatening global development
June 25, 2014
Gllobal environment crime is financing criminal activity and threatening global development, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and INTERPOL. The 108-page report, entitled "The Environmental Crime Crisis," details the ways in which illegal trading of charcoa....... [more]

Supreme Court limits EPA greenhouse gas regulations
June 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday limited the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases while still leaving the agency free to do so in most cases. In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which was consolidated with six other cases, the court was considering wheth....... [more]

EPA proposes plan to reduce carbon emissions
June 3, 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday released the Clean Power Plan proposal at the direction of President Barack Obama. The plan will, for the first time, cut carbon pollution from existing power plants in an effort to protect public health and fight climate change without blockin....... [more]

BP asks Supreme Court to stay latest ruling in settlement dispute
May 30, 2014
BP asked the US Supreme Court on Wednesday to stay a March ruling requiring the company to make massive settlement payments as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP contends that the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to deny an injunction of the settlement agreement a....... [more]

Ecuador authorities issue arrest warrant for former president
May 28, 2014
Authorities in Ecuador on Tuesday announced, via Twitter, the issuance of an arrest warrant for former president Jamil Mahuad on the grounds that he allegedly misappropriated public funds during the late 1990s. Interior Minister Jose Serrano stated that a "red notice" had been issued by Interpol ....... [more]

BP to appeal oil spill ruling to Supreme Court
May 23, 2014
British Petroleum (BP) announced Wednesday that it will appeal a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to the US Supreme Court. The March decision by the Fifth Circuit rejected BP's claim that payments to alleged oil spill victims claiming economic losses should be excluded beca....... [more]

Vietnam threatens legal action over South China Sea
May 22, 2014
Vietnam's prime minister announced Thursday that his country is considering legal action against China regarding its claims of sovereignty over the South China Sea. Because any action will likely be fiercely opposed by China, Vietnam has thus far attempted a low-key approach to the issue of dispute....... [more]




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