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 ...[read more]
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 ...[read more]
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 ...[read more]
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 ...[read more]
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 ...[read more]
JURIST Guest Columnist Ayanna Thomas, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2015, is the author of the tenth article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Thomas discusses racial discrimination in the workplace...
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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said Wednesday that humanitarian workers are increasingly being called on to deal with the consequences of crises that arise out of complex situations, including poor governance, political paralysis, underdevelopment, poverty and inequality. Amos, who ...[read more]
A Swedish court on Thursday put a stop to a wolf hunt 12 hours before it was scheduled to begin in Varmland and Orebro. On appeal brought by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Swedish court issued a ...[read more]
European Union politicians on Tuesday approved a plan allowing nations to ban genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on their soil. The plan, a compromise reached in June, gives national governments the final say in deciding on the use of EU-approved GMOs. Parliament's Committee on Environment, ...[read more]
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 ...[read more]