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Coming to Terms with Climate Change. Book Review: David A. Collings. Stolen Future, Broken Present. The Human Significance of Climate Change.

by Alexander Schlutz Environmentalists celebrated a rare victory at the end of last year, when New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking. The decision was made after the state’s acting health commissioner Howard Zucker – following

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Bear gall bladder trafficking for traditional Asian medicine

By Sacha Chadwick A surprisingly unheard of phenomenon in many Western countries, bear gall bladder consumption is very popular in the Eastern and Southern Asian regions, most notably in Japan, China, and South Korea. What Westerners would consider ‘strange’ and peculiar,

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Law as a solution to climate change

Recent court filings in Europe accuse governments of insufficiently countering climate change By Lieselot Bisschop In 2012, Roger Cox, a Dutch lawyer, published a book called Revolution Justified: Why only the law can save us now. This provides a well-documented historic account of

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Air pollution in Tonawanda (N.Y.) sickens and kills, according to pending civil suits

By Mykola Rudchyk People living in Tonawanda, New York, outside Buffalo, have been suffering from illegally-released toxic gases in the air for years. There are 52 factories and plants in a five-mile radius around the town. The area has been under

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The untold story of fishing: Illegal, unreported, and unregulated

By Jonathan Simmons Ahhhhhh fishing. One of the world’s most ancient traditions used to catch the finest fly of the day, reel in that big bass to show to your buddies, or simply get away from all the stress in

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The (il)legal trade in (e-)waste between Europe and West Africa: Lecture and discussion

Monday, November 3, 2014, 4:15 .m., rm. 3.80, new building, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Dr. Lieselot Bisschop, SEJ Program faculty and member of Dept. of Law, Police Science & Criminal Justice Administration This presentation focuses on the etiology and control

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Massachussetts D.A. drops charges against two climate activists, citing the threat of climate change

On Monday, Bristol County, MA, District Attorney Sam Sutter surprised climate activists when he dropped criminal  charges against Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara, who had blocked a daily shipment of 40,000 toms of coal to the Brayton Point power plant

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BP found “grossly negligent” in 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout

In a milestone for environmental law, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Babier found BP the primary culprit in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, the biggest offshore spill in U.S. history, judging BPs conduct “reckless” and grossly negligent. The U.S. attorney

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