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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]

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]

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]

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]

Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to California fuel law
July 1, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition for certiorari in an appeal from the US Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit decision that California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard does not violate the Dormant Commerce Clause. The regulation requires reduction of carbon emissions for fuels. Emissions are....... [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]

EPA proposes plan to reduce carbon emissions
June 3, 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday released the Clean Power Plan proposal at the direction of President Barack Obama. The plan will, for the first time, cut carbon pollution from existing power plants in an effort to protect public health and fight climate change without blockin....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds EPA air quality standards
May 10, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to new Environmental Protection Agency standards for manufacturing plant air pollutant output. The petitioners had requested review of a final rule by the EPA regarding minimum National Ambient Air Quality St....... [more]

Supreme Court rules for EPA in cross-state pollution case
April 29, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 Tuesday in Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not overstep its authority when it issued a regulation limiting power plants' emissions that cross state lines. The US Court of Appeals for the Di....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds EPA regulations
April 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would limit mercury emissions and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The decision may have the effect of shutting down certain coa....... [more]




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