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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]

EU politicians vote to allow GMO bans
November 11, 2014
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, Publi....... [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]

Colombia farmers sue BP over environmental damage
October 16, 2014
More than 100 Colombian farmers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the UK high court against British company Equion Energia, previously known as BP Exploration Colombia (BPXC), for alleged negligence when it built the Ocensa oil pipeline. The farmers are seeking around USD $29 million in compensatio....... [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]

Ohio farmers group looks to modify agriculture bill
October 5, 2014
The Ohio Farmers Union (OFU) is looking to modify H.B.No.490 bill, a water quality and agriculture-related bill that is currently pending in the state legislature. As stated in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission's bill analysis, one of the main provisions of the bill will "Transfer, effective....... [more]

California governor signs bill banning plastic bags
October 1, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill issuing a statewide ban against single-use plastic bags. Beginning in July 2016 grocery and convenience stores across the state will be required to supply reusable, multi-purpose bags to customers to be sold for profit. This law, the first of....... [more]

IBA urges reform to climate change justice structures to protect human rights
September 22, 2014
The International Bar Association (IBA) Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights reported on Monday that the human rights of the most vulnerable people affected by climate change are threatened. The report, available for download on the IBA website, urges improved access to justice an....... [more]




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