Environmental Law News

Environmental law raises important questions about the role and authority of the government. It is also extraordinarily complex and growing more complicated daily. FindLaw's Legal Professional News contains all the latest information that legal professionals need to stay up-to-date with developments in environmental law, with breaking news and analysis, photos, videos, and social media posts from attorneys.

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  • German city bans older diesel cars to combat air pollution

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:48:57 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in southwest Germany are banning older diesel cars from driving in the city of Stuttgart starting next year.

  • Feds: Mexican gray wolves see increase in wild population

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:32:44 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest than at any time since the federal government began trying to reintroduce the predators nearly two decades ago.

  • Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections

    Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:37:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels.

  • The Latest: Scott Pruitt sworn in as EPA leader

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:46:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President's Donald Trump's Cabinet (all times local):

  • Senate confirms Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:35:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday won Senate confirmation to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal agency he repeatedly sued to rein in its reach during the Obama administration.

  • The Latest: Senate confirms Pruitt as head of EPA

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:29:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President's Donald Trump's Cabinet (all times local):

  • Senate on track to confirm Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:52:42 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are poised to use their majority to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite calls from Democrats to delay until requested emails are released.

  • Al Gore hosts climate and health conference in Atlanta

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:55:14 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday that more attention must be paid to the dangerous health consequences of climate change, and he called on scientists, health officials and health care providers to work together to find solutions to the crisis.

  • House votes to lift Obama limits on Alaska hunting, trapping

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:23:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill to lift some Obama administration restrictions on hunting and trapping of bears, wolves and other predators on federal lands in Alaska.

  • New Mexico panel OKs bill outlawing coyote-hunting contests

    Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:18:04 GMT

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation that would ban coyote-hunting competitions in New Mexico cleared its first hurdle Thursday, while a measure aimed at overhauling the mission of the state's game and fish agency was sidelined amid concerns about financial burdens.

  • Judge gives OK to deal for smaller set of cheating VWs

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:52:36 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco granted initial approval Tuesday to a deal worth at least $1.2 billion that aims to compensate the owners of roughly 78,000 Volkswagens with 3-liter engines that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests.

  • Indonesia lawmaker: Palm oil workers shot orangutan for meat

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:21:38 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian lawmaker says palm oil plantation workers killed and ate a critically endangered orangutan on the island of Borneo and police should investigate.

  • California dam managers dismissed flood concern 12 years ago

    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:55:10 GMT

    Environmental activists and local government officials warned more than a decade ago about the risk of catastrophic flooding below a major Northern California dam — the very scenario that threatened to unfold over the weekend, prompting evacuation orders for nearly 200,000 people.

  • As Poland chokes on smog, groups prepare complaint to EU

    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:29:52 GMT

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — TV stations flash pollution alerts. People don masks for their morning jogs. Preschools stop taking children outside to play.

  • California retains drought measures, despite wet weather

    Thu, 09 Feb 2017 01:34:02 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Water regulators in California on Wednesday extended what are now largely symbolic conservation measures lingering from the drought after the state has seen one of the wettest winters in years.

  • The Latest: California retains drought measures

    Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:26:09 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's drought regulations (all times local):

  • Officials: California made progress saving water in December

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 23:02:06 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Water regulators in California will consider Wednesday whether to extend what are now largely symbolic conservation measures lingering from the drought after the state has seen one of the wettest winters in years.

  • California considers whether to keep water-saving measures

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:40:41 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Water regulators in California will consider Wednesday whether to extend what are now largely symbolic conservation measures lingering from the drought after the state has seen one of the wettest winters in years.

  • VW denies reports board members got early warning of scandal

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:28:51 GMT

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's diesel scandal took a rancorous turn Wednesday when the board of directors denied news reports that former chairman Ferdinand Piech had given four members early warning about the U.S. probe into emissions cheating.

  • California regulators eye whether to keep water-saving rules

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:24:51 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Water regulators in California will consider Wednesday whether to extend conservation measures prompted by the lengthy drought — even though the state has seen one of its wettest winters in years.

  • GOP-backed measures seek to rein in science used at EPA

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:56:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pondering new restrictions on how the Environmental Protection Agency can use scientific data, congressional Republicans are seeking advice from the chemical and fossil fuel industries.