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EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation’s leading sources of greenhouse gases.
“This momentous development raises the bar for controlling carbon emissions in the United States,”
- Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute

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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

Story contains video via New York Times | Mon March 31, 2014
The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling.

To tackle pollution, China to drop pursuit of growth at all costs

via Planet Ark | Mon November 18, 2013
China will steer local governments away from the pursuit of economic growth at all costs and beef up their powers to punish polluters as part of a campaign to reverse the damage done by three decades of unchecked expansion.

California is first state to ban lead in hunting ammo

via USA Today | Thu October 24, 2013
In a move to protect wildlife and the environment, California on Friday became the first state to ban lead in hunting ammunition.

EU to ban pesticides in bee scare

via BBC | Mon April 29, 2013
The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue.

New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage

via BBC | Wed April 17, 2013
New Zealand's parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

U.N. overwhelmingly approves global arms trade treaty

via Reuters | Wed April 03, 2013
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.

Swiss Parliament Passes Plastic Bag Ban

via ENS | Thu December 20, 2012
Switzerland’s Parliament has approved a motion banning single-use plastic shopping bags. Both houses of the Swiss Parliament Thursday voted to forbid the distribution of the plastic bags. The next step is for the government to implement the ban.

French move boosts shark sanctuaries

via Terra Daily | Sun December 09, 2012
Green campaigners on Friday hailed a decision by France that they said would create the world's biggest shark sanctuary.

Canada introduces new rules to curb future vehicle emissions

via CTV | Wed November 28, 2012
OTTAWA -- On the eve of global climate talks that will put Canada's contentious policies under the microscope, Ottawa has introduced its next set of rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.

Australia outlaws illegally-logged wood from abroad

via MongaBay | Mon November 26, 2012
In another blow to illegal loggers, Australia has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, joining the U.S. in outlawing the importation of illegal logged timber from abroad.

Victories for Marriage Equality and First Openly Gay U.S. Senator

via DCist | Wed November 07, 2012
Before last night, voters in more than 30 consecutive statewide elections across the United States approved bans on same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, three states broke the trend—with a fourth still counting its votes—in what some advocates and organizations are calling the most successful election for gay rights ever.

EU on track to exceed Kyoto emissions goal

via Terra Daily | Mon October 29, 2012
The European Union is on track to not only meet but exceed greenhouse gas reduction goals set by the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an analysis indicated this week.

Costa Rica’s Shark Finning Ban Signed By President Chinchilla

via Huffington Post | Thu October 18, 2012
Costa Rica passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, before the fish are thrown back into the ocean to die.

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign key peace plan

via BBC | Mon October 15, 2012
The Philippines has signed a framework peace plan with the country's largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

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