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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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  • UK committee recommends ban on microbeads

    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:49:54 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — A British parliamentary committee is recommending a ban on plastic microbeads in hopes of cutting back on pollution in the world's oceans.

  • Demand sags for California credits aimed at greenhouse gases

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:46:17 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's latest carbon auction brought disappointing results Tuesday as litigation and lagging support by lawmakers weigh down the state's landmark programs combating climate change.

  • Demand low for California pollution credits

    Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:35:22 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's latest carbon auction has brought more bad news for Gov. Jerry Brown's landmark programs fighting climate change.

  • Correction: Harley-Defeat Device story

    Fri, 19 Aug 2016 18:07:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 19 about Harley-Davidson's $15 million air-pollution settlement with federal regulators, The Associated Press reported erroneously the reason more than 12,000 motorcycles had been found out of compliance with federal clean air regulations. The bikes were in violation because they were sold without required environmental certifications, not because they were modified with the suspect tuners also at issue in the settlement.

  • 2 Puerto Rico distributors settle in US toxic pesticide case

    Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:16:21 GMT

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Two pesticide distributors in Puerto Rico have agreed to pay a $210,000 fine as part of a settlement with the federal government after they were accused of violating laws regarding a toxic pesticide that nearly killed a U.S. family in the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Colorado: Water contamination likely came from military base

    Thu, 18 Aug 2016 03:06:47 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado health officials said it's highly likely that trace amounts of toxic chemicals found in three drinking water systems came from firefighting foam used at a nearby Air Force base.

  • The Latest: Colorado: Water pollution likely came from base

    Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:20:15 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — The Latest on water contamination near an Air Force base in Colorado (all times local):

  • Most California water districts can ease conservation

    Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:30:10 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The drought is not over, but most California water districts will not be ordered to reduce consumption this year, according to results released by state officials.

  • Alberta to ban spear hunting after bear video sparks outrage

    Tue, 16 Aug 2016 20:09:02 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — The Alberta provincial government plans to ban the practice of spearing wildlife after a video posted online showing an American killing a black bear with a spear sparked outrage.

  • Administration OKs new fuel-efficiency standards for trucks

    Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:59:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it's continuing to address global warming by adopting previously announced standards to make large trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles more fuel efficient.

  • Idaho plant at center of legal battle listed as threatened

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 23:44:17 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A small, flowering plant found only in southwest Idaho will again be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

  • Study: Most of methane hot spot comes from natural gas leaks

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:56:56 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas methane over the Southwestern United States appears to come mostly from leaks in natural gas production, scientists said Monday.

  • Study: Most sources of methane hot spot are gas facilities

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:59:00 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Most methane sources contributing to a puzzling concentration of the greenhouse gas over the Southwestern United States appear to be natural gas production facilities, scientists said Monday.

  • DIVIDED AMERICA: Temperatures rise, US splits

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:43:38 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempers are rising in America, along with the temperatures.

  • National monument proposals in vogue as Obama prepares exit

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:23:36 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The race is on to win President Barack Obama's attention as he puts some final touches on his environmental legacy.

  • DIVIDED AMERICA: Global warming polarizes more than abortion

    Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:33:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Tempers are rising in America, along with the temperatures.

  • VW: Fix gets OK for 460,000 more cars with cheating software

    Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:14:02 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says it's received approval from the country's motor vehicle authority for technical fixes for another 460,000 cars equipped with software to help them cheat emissions tests.

  • APNewsBreak: California may beef up electric vehicle mandate

    Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:15:13 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the extension of California's landmark climate change law stalled, a legislative plan is emerging to significantly up the ante on California's commitment to electric vehicles by requiring that 15 percent of all new automobiles be emission-free within a decade.

  • US announces plans to protect rare Colorado, Utah birds

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:46:05 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers announced long-awaited plans to protect the rare Gunnison sage grouse, a bird found only in Colorado and Utah.

  • Judge lets VW test program to scrap cheating diesel vehicles

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:24:59 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge is letting Volkswagen study the feasibility of scrapping 2-liter diesel cars that cheat on emissions tests.

  • Mexico City sees smog alert, unusual for summer rainy season

    Fri, 12 Aug 2016 01:39:34 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities issued a pollution alert for the Mexican capital and surrounding suburbs Thursday after ozone levels reached more than 150 percent of acceptable levels, something rarely seen during the summer rainy season.