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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]

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]

Environmental groups sue EPA over storm drain pollution
December 20, 2014
Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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) c....... [more]

UN rights expert urges legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions
December 1, 2014
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 globa....... [more]

Amnesty: Shell made false claims about impact of Nigeria oil spills
November 13, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) revealed court documents Thursday indicating Shell repeatedly underestimated the impact of two oil spills in Bodo, Nigeria. The documents were part of claims brought forth in a UK court by more than 15,000 people affected by oil pollution. In joint investigation reports, w....... [more]

US and China pledge to cut carbon emissions
November 12, 2014
The US and China on Wednesday announced a negotiated agreement 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 ener....... [more]

International Response to Climate Change
November 2, 2014
09/22/2014: IBA urged reform to climate change justice structures to protect human rights 09/17/2014: Report proposed recognizing land rights of locals could be cost-effective protection for tropical forests 06/08/2014: UN called for protection of the oceans on World Oceans Day 06/02/2014: EP....... [more]

International Treaties Addressing Climate Change
November 2, 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 m....... [more]

International Response to Climate Change
November 2, 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 ha....... [more]

Chile top court halts mining development for consultation
October 8, 2014
The Supreme Court of Chile on Tuesday halted the development of a gold and copper mine until proper consultation can be conducted with indigenous and local communities. The mine, owned by Canadian gold producer Goldcorp, is expected to be worth approximately USD $4 billion. However, the Diaguita co....... [more]




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