January 14, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya on Monday urged the government of Kenya to respect the rights of the Sengwer indigenous people, who are facing eviction from their native home in the Embobut Forest in western Kenya. Kenyan authorities have been assembling ...[read more]
June 29, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On June 29, 2006, South Korea's Constitutional Court struck down the Newspaper Law and the Press Arbitration Law as unconstitutional. The effects of each law would have been to place restrictions on the circulation of three conservation daily newspapers and to give the government authority to ...[read more]
June 11, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The High Court in London ruled Tuesday that the British government acted legally when it set up the Chagos Conservation Trust (CCT) in 2010 on the Indian Ocean archipelago of Chagos. In 1965, the UK government severed the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius just three years before freeing ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by Keith Herting
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that the US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) are modern-day pirates, clearing the path for Japanese whalers to pursue legal action against them. The decision overturns a lower court ruling which found ...[read more]
June 13, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On June 13, 2010, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission closed 23 miles of the state's coastline out of concerns for the health risks associated with oil-contaminated water and fish resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal ban on fishing in the same area had ...[read more]
April 26, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies Wednesday passed amendments to the country's Forest Code, which requires landowners to conserve certain percentages of total acreage as forested terrain. Passed 247-184 over strong opposition, the controversial legislation eases conservation rules for farmers and ...[read more]
March 25, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On March 25, 2009, the US House of Representatives voted 285-140 to approve the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. The legislation represented a collection of more than 160 bills aimed at preserving federal land as wilderness areas, limiting gas and oil development, establishing the ...[read more]
March 15, 2012
by Keith Herting
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a law suit on Wednesday brought by conservation groups trying to preserve federal endangered species protections for wolves. The groups were trying to preserve the protected status of the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf following an ...[read more]
December 9, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Two Japanese whaling groups filed suit Friday against US-based anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington. The Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) and the Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha claim that the SSCS and its founder ...[read more]
December 1, 2010
by Sarah Miley
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the destruction of a crop of genetically-engineered (GE) sugar beets because of the potential harmful effect the plants may have on surrounding flora, the first such order to be issued in the US. The suit was filed in September by Earthjustice and the Center for ...[read more]

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