November 11, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
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]
November 2, 2014
by Sarah Steers
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]
October 1, 2014
by Addison Morris
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 ...[read more]
August 4, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
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 ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Addison Morris
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 ...[read more]
March 4, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled 2-1 Monday that British Petroleum (BP) must adhere to the terms of its Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement agreement with Gulf businesses and pay for damages regardless of whether causation can be proved. BP had argued that the settlement ...[read more]
February 21, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The European Commission on Thursday commenced legal proceedings against the UK for failing to maintain air level standards. According to air pollution legislation, nitrogen dioxide limits should have been met by January 1, 2010, unless given an extension until January 1, 2015. The directive on ...[read more]
January 23, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng warned on Thursday that urgent national and international action is necessary to stop the violence in Central African Republic (CAR). Dieng reported, "Given the serious nature of continuing violations in an environment of complete ...[read more]
November 7, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The US on Thursday became the first country to ratify the Minamata Convention, which seeks to bring down emissions and releases of mercury, prompting praise from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). There are currently 93 signatories to the convention, but the US is the only country to have ...[read more]
October 29, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
Independent UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya on Tuesday emphasized the need for transparency and equality in large-scale construction projects that alter the environment of citizens in developing nations. Human rights defenders working on behalf of ...[read more]

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