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Japan court fines anti-Korea activists for 'hate speech'
October 7, 2013
Japan's Kyoto District Court on Monday ordered a group of activists to pay 12 million yen (USD $120,000) to a Korean elementary school for holding anti-Korean demonstrations that disrupted classes and frightened children. The rallies took place between December 2009 and March 2010 and were attended....... [more]

Canada court finds decision to withdraw from Kyoto Protocol legal
July 18, 2012
The Canadian Federal Court ruled Tuesday that the Canadian government's decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol was legal. Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent announced that Canada would withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change in December. Canada was the first country to....... [more]

Markets, Greenhouse Gases and the Kyoto Protocol
June 14, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnist Hua Wang, Northwestern University School of Law Class of 2012, writes on the need for policies that combine market incentives with outright prohibitions to achieve enforcement and compliance with international environmental regimes...Climate change threatens catastrophic harm....... [more]

New Brazil Forest Code is Unconstitutional
February 28, 2012
JURIST Guest Columnist Jayme Mello, a Senior Attorney at Nogueira, Elias, Lakowski and Matias, says that the new Brazilian Forest Code amendments are a threat to the Brazilian environment and should be declared unconstitutional...For the past two years a major battle between environmental and farmin....... [more]

Kyoto's Clean Development Mechanism and International Law
December 19, 2011
JURIST Special Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says that there is significant evidence that the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol violates international law by failing t....... [more]

Canada withdraws from Kyoto protocol on climate change
December 13, 2011
Canadian Minister of the Environment Peter Kent announced Monday that Canada will withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, making it the first country to do so. The treaty was signed by Canada's previous Liberal government, but little had been done to implement it. Kent said that the prot....... [more]

UN climate change conference yields commitment to negotiate legally-binding initiatives
December 12, 2011
Delegates from 194 countries at the Durban UN Climate Change Conference in South Africa agreed on Sunday to negotiate global initiatives that would eventually force countries to take legally-binding action in order to slow the pace of climate change. After two weeks of debate, the delegates agreed o....... [more]

Kyoto Protocol became operational
November 30, 2010
On November 30, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol became operational following the adoption of the final regulatory "rule book" by its 35 signatory nations at the UN Conference on Climate Change. The rule book establishes a Joint Implementation board to oversee emissions trading, the clean development mechan....... [more]

Schwarzenegger signed first US law limiting greenhouse gas emissions
September 27, 2010
On September 27, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 into law, marking the approval of the first US bill designed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation aims at bringing California into near compliance with the terms of the K....... [more]

Legally-binding climate treaty expected in 2010: UN Secretary-General
December 8, 2009
A legally-binding treaty on climate change should be ready in 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon announced Monday during the 13th Session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). Ban's comments come as the UN Climate Change Conference (COP15) is takin....... [more]

Climate conference may not produce treaty: UN Secretary-General
November 4, 2009
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon attempted Tuesday to temper expectations for the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen set to take place in a month, saying that it might not result in a treaty. The meeting, which will host world leaders, is an effort to replace the controversial Kyoto Protocol....... [more]


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