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Greenpeace sues Russia in Europe rights court
March 17, 2014
The environmental advocacy organization Greenpeace International on Monday filed a lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the Arctic 30, a group of Greenpeace activists who spent two months in a Russian jail following a peaceful protest against drilling in the Arc....... [more]

Spill Litigation and Settlements
March 11, 2014
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil companies and requires monies to be set aside for de....... [more]

Environmental and Human Impact of the Oil Spill
March 11, 2014
The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, or BP oil spill, had far-reaching and catastrophic environmental effects. According to a 2013 study published by the National Academy of Sciences, it is difficult to know the full extent of environmental damage caused by the spill because of the movement o....... [more]

Federal appeals court says BP must adhere to settlement agreement
March 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled 2-1 Monday that British Petroleum (BP) must adhere to the terms of its Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement agreement with Gulf businesses and pay for damages regardless of whether causation can be proved. BP had argued that the settlement agreem....... [more]

Changing Coalitions and the 2014 Farm Bill
February 27, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Laurie Ristino of the Vermont Law School argues that an array of environmental, economic and political factors have broken down the traditional coalition behind the farm bills' passage in the past, but in its wake shifting policy objectives and broader interest in the bill hav....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on greenhouse gas cases
February 24, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on the federal government's power to regulate certain greenhouse gases. In United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which was consolidated with six other cases, the court has limited the grant of review to the following issue: Whether the Environmental Pr....... [more]

EU Commission takes legal action against UK over air pollution
February 21, 2014
The European Commission on Thursday commenced legal proceedings against the UK for failing to maintain air level standards. According to air pollution legislation, nitrogen dioxide limits should have been met by January 1, 2010, unless given an extension until January 1, 2015. The directive on ambi....... [more]

HRW urges Uganda mining companies to respect indigenous rights
February 3, 2014
The burgeoning Ugandan mining industry must respect the rights of indigenous people affected by mineral exploration, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Monday. The report argues that three large mining companies in particular have infringed upon the rights of the indigenous people of Karamoja by engagin....... [more]

UN rights expert warns of escalating violence in Central African Republic
January 23, 2014
The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng warned on Thursday that urgent national and international action is necessary to stop the violence in Central African Republic (CAR). Dieng reported, "Given the serious nature of continuing violations in an environment of complete im....... [more]

Airborne Emissions in the National Commons: Comments on EME Homer City Generation
January 21, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist John Robinson Jr., University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2014 discusses the consolidated cases of EPA v. EME Homer City Generation and American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation, and the EPA's efforts to address cross-state air pollution...The US....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on power plant emissions, immigration
December 11, 2013
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In the consolidated cases of Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation and American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation the court is considering the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) und....... [more]



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