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How China's Top Court is Encouraging More Lawsuits Against Polluters

January 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Court System and Polluters

As China's air pollution surges off the charts, affecting every aspect of people's daily lives, China's highest court is taking action. On January 6th, the Supreme People's Court issued an authoritative interpretation that provides clarification and details to China's new public interest environmental litigation system.[read more]

UN Climate Summit: Could Rising Seas and Coastal Flooding Give Rise to New Legal Category?

September 30, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Rising Seas and New Law

Rising sea levels could potentially have the most devastating impact on small island states such as the Maldives. These small island states are already negatively impacted and can be expected to be the worst hit by continued rising sea levels – potentially even losing their entire state’s territory to the ocean.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Mexican Energy Reform Seeks to Reverse Decline in Oil Production

May 30, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Mexico Energy Reform

In late 2013, Mexico's congress approved historic legislation that altered the 1938 ban on private sector participation in the Mexican energy sector. These reforms ended the 75-year monopoly of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and allow for greater foreign investment.[read more]

A Step Forward For Public Interest Litigation In China

April 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China recently amended its Environmental Protection Law, the first amendment since the law was enacted in 1989. I would like to focus on one of the new provisions that specifies what organizations have standing to bring environmental public interest litigation in China.[read more]