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Ukraine ratifies agreement with EU, grants autonomy to eastern regions
September 16, 2014
Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday ratified an association agreement between Ukraine and the EU, furthering its goal of reforming the country according to European standards and values. The agreement, "On Ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine, on the one part, and the European Union....... [more]

Federal judge finds BP bears majority of responsibility for Deepwater Horizon disaster
September 4, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana ruled Wednesday that BP was grossly negligent and bears a majority of the blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. In his 153-page decision, Judge Carl Barbier determined that 67 percent of the blame for the disaster rest....... [more]

Haiti's Fragile Democracy
August 31, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Lauren Carasik of Western New England University School of Law discusses what appears to be the politically motivated charges against former president Jean Bertrand Aristide of Haiti ... The latest chapter in a long series of preliminary legal actions against Haitian President....... [more]

India supreme court rules coal mining licenses illegal
August 25, 2014
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that all coal mining licenses awarded between 1993 and 2010 are illegal. The court found that the licenses failed to comply with the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act of 1957; Section 3(3)(a)(iii) of the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act of 1....... [more]

Texas oil drilling company files response to DEP lawsuit
August 7, 2014
Texas oil drilling company Dan A. Hughes Co. submitted legal responses Wednesday in response to a lawsuit, revoking their drilling permits in Collier County, commenced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The drilling company filed two motions in the Collier County Circuit C....... [more]

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]




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