U.S. Supreme Court rules against ethanol, favors small refineries

The ruling could be especially consequential to Iowa, the nation's largest producer of ethanol and biodiesel. Impact may hinge on Biden administration.
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Biden’s climate agenda is colliding with Trump's judiciary

A Trump-appointed judge struck down Biden's pause on new federal oil and gas leases, dealing a blow to the administration's climate efforts.

Supreme Court limits human rights suits against corporations

Six citizens of Mali had sued Nestlé USA and Cargill, accusing the companies of profiting from child slavery on Ivory Coast cocoa farms.

Vaping products will continue to be regulated by the FDA

The court will not hear a case in which the vaping industry challenged the agency's broad authority to oversee what goes into tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.


Supreme Court: Guam can sue U.S. government over toxic waste site

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled Guam could sue the United States government for the cleanup costs of an abandoned toxic waste dump on the island once used by the Navy.

Christopher Stone, environmental scholar who championed fundamental rights of nature, dies at 83

His seminal 1972 article “Should Trees Have Standing?” won notice at the U.S. Supreme Court and entered the bedrock of the modern environmental movement.

U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of a fracked natural gas pipeline to New Jersey

PennEast applied to the federal government six years ago to build a 116-mile pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to carry fracked natural gas to a location near Trenton.

SCOTUS hears arguments in eminent domain case involving PennEast pipeline project

New Jersey wants to block the project, saying the constitution bars the private company from seizing state-controlled land through eminent domain.

Supreme Court seeks U.S. government views on VW emissions case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked President Joe Biden's administration to weigh in on whether Volkswagen AG can be sued by local governments in Florida and Utah for damages stemming from the German automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal.


Florida-Georgia water dispute returns to Supreme Court

The court will decide whether Georgia must cap its water use from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint basin and allow more water to flow downstream to Florida.


Supreme Court will hear eminent domain battle

The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on whether a private company can use eminent domain to seize state-owned land to build a natural gas pipeline between Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Could Baltimore’s climate change suit become a Supreme Court test case?

The high court agreed to hear a narrow issue related to jurisdiction. But then the oil and gas industry pushed it to go further.


Bill McKibben: Amy Coney Barrett should recuse herself in Big Oil’s Supreme Court case

The Justice’s father, who was an attorney for Shell for decades, could have direct knowledge of how the company managed climate threats.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes prevail in decades-old court battle over FMC site

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge of a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling granting the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes jurisdiction over the cleanup of FMC Corp.'s former plant site near Pocatello.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

LISTEN: Azmal Hossan on the sociology of climate crises in South Asia

"If we look at the rate of carbon emissions, most is emitted by the developed and industrialized countries, but the problem is poor countries like Bangladesh are the main sufferers."

Op-ed: We don’t have time for another fossil fuel bridge

Those holding up carbon capture and hydrogen as new climate solutions are leading us down the wrong path.

Climate storytelling: Creativity and imagination in the face of bleak realities

Working with youth writers on a climate-fiction screenplay has opened my eyes to the power of the arts in confronting environmental crises.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Peter Dykstra: Protected by an alphabet soup of acronyms

CITES, CCAMLR, LDC, MBTA, CBD, Ramsar, LWCF ... they may make your eyes glaze over, but they protect our health and planet.

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