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  • BioCycle World - June 2018

    Certified Zero Waste: 100 And Counting Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced in April that it has certified its 100th project under its TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste (ZW) certification program. These include projects across the U.S., Canada and Ireland, and help validate that a common standard is emerging for evaluating ZW performance. Projects that have gone ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • UNEP hosts global environmental law and policy training

    Our planet is facing a slew of growing environmental problems, from climate change to deforestation and biodiversity loss - and the environmental laws and policies to combat these challenges are transforming fast. To help Governments come to terms with these developments, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) invited 70 government officials from the Ministries of Environment from over ...

  • Asian Judges Network to Strengthen Environmental Law Enforcement

    An Asian Judges Network on Environment has been formally launched in Manila, marking a new stage of cooperation amongst justices cast with enforcing environmental laws and helping to preserve the region’s precious natural capital. “Chief Justices and their senior judiciary play a critical role in improving environmental enforcement and strengthening the rule of law,” said Asian ...


    By Asian Development Bank

  • What ever happened to Canadian environmental law?

    Three writers from York University's Osgoode Hall Law School* have prepared a thought provoking examination of Canadian environmental law to explain why they believe Canada has become a laggard in both legal reform and environmental performance. The authors, Associate Professor Stepan Wood, Law Student Georgia Tanner and Professor Benjamin J. Richardson, compare recent developments in Canadian ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Environmental Law Update – Week of May 2, 2011

    The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on the environmental assessment of the proposed Harper Creek Mine Project in British Columbia (BC). The Agency is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment to ensure that these issues are identified for consideration in the environmental assessment. The Agency ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Greening water law

    Governments and law-makers need to integrate environmental concerns into water-use legislation to avert an impending global water crisis, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), titled "Greening Water Law". According to the report, launched Tuesday at World Water Week in Stockholm, competition is increasing between the rapidly growing human population-which ...

  • Environmental Rule of Law Critical to Achieving Inclusive, Sustainable Development in Africa, Concludes Regional Colloquium

    Over 160 representatives of Africa's judiciary and law enforcement authorities agreed today to ensure the enforcement and practical implementation of environmental law, which they described as a precondition to achieving inclusive, sustainable development in the region. The agreement was made at the 1st Africa Colloquium on Environmental Rule of Law in Nairobi, organized by the United Nations ...

  • The law of unintended consequences

    The Winnipeg-based Centre for Public Policy released a report last month on the often unintended consequences of environmental policies. The study, Envionmental Policy and Unintended Consequences, from Ben Eisen and Kenneth Green, examines a series of case studies drawn from around the world. Those case studies demonstrate how the law of unintended consequences has often frustrated policymakers ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Diesel Emissions, Health and the Law

    When diesel is used as an engine fuel, it is inevitable that you will produce Products of Incomplete Combustion (PICs). Hence, we never just produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) alone, but rather a myriad of hydrocarbons including aromatics (e.g. benzene, toluene) aldehydes and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a semi-volatile phase or bound with carbonaceous particulate, and ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • CSR in the mining sector - an environmental law perspective on bill C-300

    With Parliament back in session, Bill C-300 is back in Committee hearings before being returned to the House of Commons for third reading. Unlike Government Bills, which ceased to exist when the Government prorogued Parliament in December, Bill C-300 survived because it was a Private Members" Bill.   Bill C-300 is the federal Bill that seeks to establish prescriptive CSR (corporate ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Mexico `fails` to enforce environmental law over contaminated electronics site

    On 22 February, the Instituto de Derecho Ambiental, Colonia Jardines del Sol and Colonos de Bosques de San Isidro (the 'Submitters') filed a submission with the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) asserting that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental law in connection with a contaminated site located in Zapopan, Jalisco, on which construction of ...

  • UN Launches Open Access Information Portal on Concepts and Frameworks of Environmental Law

    A United Nations initiative is set to improve access for policy makers, journalists, researchers and the general public to environmental treaties. The Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) portal seeks to provide an overview of concepts, definitions and synonyms in conventions as well as the relationship between different Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). LEO draws from the information ...

  • CSR in the mining sector - an environmental law perspective on Bill C-300

    Bill C-300 is the federal Bill that seeks to establish prescriptive CSR (corporate social responsibility) guidelines that would be binding on Canadian mining companies operating in developing ...

  • Revamped Environmental Law raises Hope for Clean-up in China

    People in China who want to take industries to task for fouling their surroundings have been rushing to file complaints and lawsuits this year in a test of legal reforms that toughen environmental penalties and make clear that many public-interest groups have the right to sue. Environmental watchdogs say people have filed hundreds of complaints with local governments under the new law launched in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Commission pursues legal action against Italy over breaches in environmental laws

    The European Commission is pursuing legal action against Italy over two cases in which EU laws to protect the environment are being violated. One case concerns Italy's failure to comply fully with a European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgement condemning it for not adopting in full laws governing the landfilling of waste. In this regard the Commission is sending a first written warning under Article ...

  • Seattle Green Factor Becomes Law

    SEATTLE, Washington, (ENS) - On December 21, 2006, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels signed legislation that will increase landscaping requirements in the city, in part to reduce runoff. It incorporates the new Seattle Green Factor which promotes tree planting, garden walls and green roofs. Created by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, the Green Factor applies to new ...

  • UN Launches Open Access Information Portal on Concepts and Frameworks of Environmental Law

    A United Nations initiative is set to improve access for policy makers, journalists, researchers and the general public to environmental treaties. The Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) portal seeks to provide an overview of concepts, definitions and synonyms in conventions as well as the relationship between different Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). LEO draws from the information ...

  • Symposium at UNEA Brings Legal Community Together to Boost Environmental Rule of Law

    The Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law, held at the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, brought together Chief Justices, Heads of Jurisdiction, Attorneys General, Auditors General, Chief Prosecutors, lawyers and legal experts to raise awareness of the role of environmental law as an indispensable tool in achieving sustainable development and a Green Economy. ...

  • EC seeks fine over breach of environmental law in Ireland

    The European Commission is taking Ireland back to the European Court of Justice, with the possibility of fines, for failing to implement an earlier ruling on quality standards for shellfish waters on the Irish coast. The Commission proposes to ask the Court to impose a lump-sum fine of over €3.8 million and a daily penalty payment of nearly €40,000. However, because Ireland has announced that it ...

  • New EPA Assistance Center Helps Importers/Exporters Comply with Environmental Laws

    Anyone involved in shipping regulated materials across borders can go to a new web-based EPA-sponsored ...

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