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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  • Paris bans half of cars to tackle new peak of pollution

    Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:25:47 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Paris has temporarily barred half of all cars from traveling on city streets and made public transportation free for the day as it battles a peak in pollution.

  • House, Senate leaders reach deal on Calif. drought, Flint

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:10:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate leaders reached agreement Monday on a bipartisan bill to authorize $170 million for Flint, Michigan, and other cities beleaguered by lead in drinking water, and to provide relief to drought-stricken California.

  • Paris to implement 24-hour crackdown on vehicle emissions

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:35:56 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Paris' Police authority is again cracking down on the city's rocketing air pollution with a 24-hour traffic-regulating scheme that aims to halve the day's emissions from road vehicles.

  • Australia considers charging power generators for pollution

    Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:34:36 GMT

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday.

  • EPA to require mines to offer cleanup assurances

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:01:19 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it plans to require mining companies to show they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution so taxpayers aren't stuck footing the bill.

  • 2 rare Canada lynx shot dead in Maine; feds investigating

    Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:14:43 GMT

    TOWNSHIP 14 RANGE 7, Maine (AP) — Two rare Canada lynx have been shot dead, and state and federal wildlife authorities are investigating.

  • Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue

    Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:07:18 GMT

    YABED, West Bank (AP) — For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by their military occupiers.

  • Obama stays busy on environmental front in final weeks

    Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:19:41 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing fears of a Donald Trump presidency, environmental groups are urging President Barack Obama to stay busy in his final weeks.

  • EPA to keep strict gas mileage standards in place

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:13:14 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — The Obama administration has decided not to change government fuel economy requirements for cars and light trucks despite protests from automakers.

  • EPA begins process to regulate toxic, widely used chemicals

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:46:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released a list of toxic chemicals that will be the first reviewed under a recently enacted law that gives regulators increased authority to ban substances shown to endanger human health.

  • California targets dairy cows to combat global warming

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:41:06 GMT

    GALT, Calif. (AP) — California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm.

  • Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:20:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump plans to dismantle President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. But delivering on his campaign pledges to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and bring back tens of thousands of long-gone coal mining jobs could prove far more difficult.

  • France's Fabius confused by Trump statements on climate

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:51:00 GMT

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who presided over key climate talks in Paris last year, says he doesn't know what to make of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's contradictory statements on global warming.

  • New Mexico considers partial closure plan for nuke dump

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016 19:49:42 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have received a formal proposal from the U.S. Department of Energy to close part of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository due to safety and contamination concerns.

  • Washington state youth sue government over climate change

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:53:42 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Eight children asked a judge to find Washington in contempt for failing to adequately protect them and future generations from the harmful effects of climate change, part of a nationwide effort by young people to try to force action on global warming.

  • Juvenile activists sue government over climate change policy

    Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:33:02 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — Eight children are asking a Seattle judge to find Washington state in contempt for failing to adequately protect them and future generations from the harmful effects of climate change, part of a nationwide effort by young people to try to force action on global warming.

  • Volkswagen bets on new technology to bounce back from crisis

    Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:23:45 GMT

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's namesake brand hopes to bounce back from its diesel emissions scandal with a broad restructuring that will mean more battery-powered cars, digital services such as ride-sharing, and more SUVs for the U.S. market.

  • Volkswagen aims to go electric, raise lagging profits

    Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:31:29 GMT

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of Volkswagen's core brand is sketching out a broad restructuring emphasizing electric cars and digital technology such as autonomous vehicles and car-sharing.

  • EPA chief: Progress under Obama won't be undone by Trump

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016 22:00:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump will not derail progress made in fighting climate change and creating clean-energy jobs, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency insisted on Monday in arguing "the inevitability of our clean energy future is bigger than any one person or nation."

  • Trump's vow to bring back coal gives hope to weary regions

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:27:10 GMT

    WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — The hard-eyed view along the Tug Fork River in West Virginia coal country is that President-elect Donald Trump has something to prove: that he'll help bring back Appalachian mining, as he promised time and again on the campaign trail. Nobody thinks he can revive it entirely — not economists, not ex-miners, not even those recently called back to work.

  • Trump's vow to revive coal country is met with measured hope

    Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:16:29 GMT

    WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — The hard-eyed view along the Tug Fork River in West Virginia coal country is that President-elect Donald Trump has something to prove: that he'll help bring back Appalachian mining, as he promised time and again on the campaign trail. Nobody thinks he can revive it entirely — not economists, not ex-miners, not even those recently called back to work.