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Canada: Government Introduces Bill to Tackle Aquatic Invasive Species

(Feb. 2, 2008) On November 29, 2007, the government introduced a bill to create a new Fisheries Act for Canada. The major purpose of this bill is to provide for the development of a sustainable fisheries industry for the country. In recent years, stocks of once abundant species, such as the cod off Newfoundland, have […]

France: Financial Incentive to Purchase Clean Cars

(Feb. 2, 2008) In October 2007, a highly publicized environmental forum took place in Paris, the "Grenelle de l'environnement." The forum resulted in many recommendations to combat global warming and protect the environment. President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to implement the recommendations and promised "an ecological revolution." The main measures include: suspending commercial farming of genetically-modified […]

United States: EPA Regulations on Power Plant Mercury Emissions Stuck Down

(Feb. 2, 2008) On February 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit invalidated two rules promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") concerning electric utility steam generating units ("EGUs"). The first rule removed coal- and oil-fired EGUs from the list of sources whose emissions are regulated under section 112 of […]

United States: Court Enjoins Navy’s Use of Sonar to Protect Marine Life

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 13, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit partially upheld an order enjoining the Navy's use of medium-frequency sonar in training exercises off the Southern California coast. A federal district court in California had issued a blanket preliminary injunction preventing the Navy from using the sonar due […]

United States: Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards Ruled Inadequate

(Dec. 2, 2007) On November 15, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down standards promulgated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") which would govern fuel economy and emissions for light trucks, including sports utility vehicles, minivans and pickup trucks, for the years 2008 through 2011. The court […]

Vanuatu: Ban on Harvesting Sea Cucumbers and Clams

(Dec. 2, 2007) According to a media report of November 12, 2007, Vanuatu's Fisheries Department has issued a maximum five-year ban on sea-cucumber harvesting and a total ban on clam shell harvesting. The purpose of the bans is to replenish the stocks after the Fisheries Department's research showed a dramatic decline in them. (Vanuatu Fisheries […]

China: New Urban and Rural Planning Law

(Nov. 2, 2007) The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress adopted a new Law on Urban and Rural Planning on October 28, 2007. When it enters into effect on January 1, 2008, the current 1989 Urban Planning Law will be abolished. "Urban and rural planning" refers to city-town system planning, city planning, town planning, […]