A district court granted in part and denied in part NMFS' motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking an expansion of the Service's 2008 Vessel Speed Rule to protect North Atlantic right whales.
A district court granted environmental groups' motion to preliminarily enjoin a logging project in the Willamette National Forest in areas affected by wildfires.
The December issue of ELR features articles on critical minerals policy, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, and the role of program evaluation in China's environmental policy. The issue also includes a transcript from a recent webinar that explored the regulatory process for green bonds and the opportunities and challenges of leveraging green financial tools to combat climate change.
We are in the first phase of a second space age, building on exploration that led to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. The year 2020 witnessed 110 orbital launches. Renewed activity in outer space, and new sources of investment and technology, will magnify and accelerate the potential environmental effects of space activities. Those venturing into or investing in space will need to keep abreast of the current applicable legal framework, and also look for ways to improve the law to address concerns related to pollution, contamination, and debris.