Environmental Regulation

Japan Will Ease Restrictions on American and French Beef Imports

January 22, 2013

“Japan, which was once the largest buyer of US beef, halted imports after a case of mad cow disease was detected in an American herd in 2003. It now imports meat only from cattle aged under 20 months.”

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President Obama, in his Inaugural Address: We Will Respond to the Threat of Climate Change

January 22, 2013

“Linking climate change to devastating weather and fires, Obama said the country could grow its economy while protecting itself from the worst effects of a phenomenon scientists say is getting worse due to man-made pollutants.”

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140 Countries Agree to Mercury Pollution Guidelines at United Nations Talks

January 19, 2013

“The UN recently published data that showed mercury emissions were rising in a number of developing nations.”

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Only 21 Invasive Pythons Killed in Florida’s “Python Challenge” Thus Far

January 18, 2013

“…the tan, splotchy pythons have natural camouflage that gives them an important advantage in the ecosystem they have invaded.”

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Interior Department Will Issue New Draft Regulation Proposal on Oil Fracking by March 31st

January 18, 2013

“The updated draft will maintain the three main parts of the initial draft, according to the department.”

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Hong Kong Approves $1.3 Billion Subsidy to Replace Old Diesel Vehicles and Reduce Air Pollution

January 17, 2013

“The government’s failure to force aging buses and trucks off the streets of the city is believed to be a key cause of air pollution in Hong Kong.”

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European Food Safety Authority: Insecticides Pose “Unacceptable Danger” to Bees

January 16, 2013

“The report comes just months after the UK government dismissed a fast-growing body of evidence of harm to bees as insufficient to justify banning the chemicals.”

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United Kingdom and Ireland Investigating Beef Burgers Contaminated With Horse Meat

January 16, 2013

“Irish food safety officials, who carried out tests two months ago, said the products had been stocked by a number of chains including Tesco and Iceland stores in the UK.”

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Supreme Court Hears Florida Case on Strict Conditions to Obtain Land Development Permits

January 16, 2013

“The Supreme Court has in the past said that power is not absolute, requiring sufficient links to public policy and some degree of proportionality in limiting the use of property.”

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British Government Refuses to Support a Moratorium on Arctic Oil Drilling

January 15, 2013

“The Committee recommended in September that there should be an immediate moratorium on drilling in the Arctic until research shows spill responses will work in such extreme conditions.”

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Royal Dutch Shell PLC Oil Drilling Ship Went Aground on an Alaskan Island in the Arctic Ocean

January 3, 2013

“The grounding of a petroleum drilling ship on a remote Alaska island has refueled the debate over oil exploration in the U.S. Arctic Ocean, where critics for years have said the conditions are too harsh and the stakes too high to allow dangerous industrial development.”

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Study: U.S. Farmers using exponentially more pesticides due to Genetically Modified Crops (GMOs)

October 2, 2012

“Roundup Ready crops are engineered through transgenic modification to tolerate dousings of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.” Additionally, they require the use of Roundup for the crops to sprout and grow.

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France calls for European ban of Genetically Modified Corn after a French Study linked it to cancer, liver damage and digestive problems

September 26, 2012

“France will call for a ban “at a European level” if the national health agency (Anses) backs up the findings of the study by French scientist Gilles-Eric Seralini, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault [said].”

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Liberal Interest Groups set to protest the Democratic National Convention this week

September 1, 2012

“On Sunday, protesters will take part in the March on Wall Street South — a demonstration that will focus on economic inequality, social injustice and other issues.”

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Gray Wolves in Wyoming will lose their Endangered Species status at the end of September

September 1, 2012

“Wyoming will officially regain control over the management of its wolf population on September 30, joining Montana and Idaho, where more than 1,500 wolves were removed from the federal endangered list in May of 2011.”

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