ENVIRONMENT
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Report urges recognizing land rights of locals could be cost-effective protection for tropical forests
September 20, 2014
A report by Rights and Resources on Wednesday warned of the growing pressure for land and resources that threatens communities dependent on tropical forests. The report will be presented at the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. There has been longstanding demand from indigenous peoples for for....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Tasmania not to adopt anti-protest bill
September 9, 2014
Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to prot....... [more]

EU court rules against France over water pollution
September 4, 2014
The EU's top court ruled Thursday that France had failed to fulfill its obligation to improve the quality of its groundwater, marking the third time since 2001 the European Court of Justice has ordered France to strengthen its regulations. The ruling says that French laws have not done enough to kee....... [more]

Mexico environmental agency sues copper mining company over spill
August 20, 2014
The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) on Monday filed a criminal complaint against copper mining companies Buena Vista del Cobre, SA de CV and Minera Mexico following a massive acid spill on August 6 near the US border with Mexico. The spill has affected drinking water....... [more]

Texas oil drilling company files response to DEP lawsuit
August 7, 2014
Texas oil drilling company Dan A. Hughes Co. submitted legal responses Wednesday in response to a lawsuit, revoking their drilling permits in Collier County, commenced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The drilling company filed two motions in the Collier County Circuit C....... [more]

Missouri votes on state constitutional amendment for "right to farm"
August 6, 2014
Voters on Tuesday voted on a statewide referendum in Missouri to decide an amendment to the state constitution that would provide a "right to farm." If enacted, Amendment 1 will guarantee the rights of Missourians to "engage in farming and ranching practices," potentially invalidating local and stat....... [more]

Federal court rules Alabama abortion restrictions unconstitutional
August 4, 2014
The US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, Northern Division on Monday ruled that Alabama's recently enacted requirement that all doctors who provide abortions must have staff privileges to perform designated procedures at a local hospital is unconstitutional. Following a ten-day benc....... [more]

Missouri governor signs carbon emissions bill
July 8, 2014
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on Monday signed legislation that will allow Missouri state officials to develop carbon dioxide pollution standards that are less rigid than those mandated by federal guidelines. The signing of the bill coincided with the release of proposed rules by the US Environmental....... [more]

UN report: environmental crime financing criminal activity, threatening global development
June 25, 2014
Gllobal environment crime is financing criminal activity and threatening global development, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and INTERPOL. The 108-page report, entitled "The Environmental Crime Crisis," details the ways in which illegal trading of charcoa....... [more]

Supreme Court limits EPA greenhouse gas regulations
June 23, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday limited the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gases while still leaving the agency free to do so in most cases. In Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which was consolidated with six other cases, the court was considering wheth....... [more]

Supreme Court rules state statute of repose not preempted by federal law
June 9, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger that the discovery rule set forth in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) does not preempt a state's law limiting the time to seek remedies. The case arose after North Carolina landowners fi....... [more]




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