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Federal appellate court hears challenge to proposed EPA regulation
April 17, 2015
A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia 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 to render a d....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Kazakhstan to protect people living in toxic environments
April 9, 2015
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncak on Wednesday called on Kazakhstan to increase protections for individuals who live in toxic areas within the country. Tuncak was on an a 14-day mission, during which he visited several cities and towns within Kaz....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in EPA case
March 25, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably re....... [more]

Maryland lawmakers approve 3-year fracking moratorium
March 25, 2015
Maryland's House of Delegates approved a bill Tuesday that would place a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill, HB449, passed on a third reading by a vote of 93 to 45, and will now go before the Senate for a vote. If passed, the bill would prohibit the Maryland Departm....... [more]

Background of Act 13
March 21, 2015
On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was to....... [more]

HRW: cluster bombs dropped on towns in Libya
March 17, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday reported evidence that cluster bombs were dropped on at least two towns in Libya. HRW said they have not yet determined who dropped the bombs. The Libyan Air Force recently bombed the two towns, but it has denied using banned cluster bombs. Cluster munitions are a....... [more]

Pennsylvania's Act 13
March 9, 2015
02/17/2015: Ohio high court held local ordinances preempted by state oil and gas regulations 01/05/2015: North Carolina fracking rules challenged by environmental conservation group 12/19/2014: New York governor announced plan to ban fracking statewide 08/06/2014: Texas oil drilling company f....... [more]

China top court announces five-year legal reform plan
February 26, 2015
China's Supreme People's Court on Thursday announced a five-year comprehensive legal reform plan to make the judiciary more impartial, fair, independent and accountable as a way to emphasize the rule of law and "safeguard national unity." The reform has five basic goals: to 1) streamline political o....... [more]

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill
February 25, 2015
US President Barack Obama issued his third presidential veto Tuesday, rejecting the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act for circumventing national interest determinations. Objections to the heavily-Republican supported bill raised environmental concerns, and Obama had previously voiced his intention t....... [more]

Amnesty: Canadian and Chinese companies profiting from Myanmar mining abuses
February 11, 2015
Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper Min....... [more]

Scotland announces moratorium on fracking
January 29, 2015
Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing told the Scottish parliament that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate th....... [more]




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