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South Africa: Carbon-Tax Legislation Proposed

(Nov. 9, 2015) On November 2, 2015, the South African National Treasury published for public comment the Draft Carbon Tax Bill, 2015, which seeks to “price carbon by obliging the polluter to internalize the external costs of emitting carbon, and contribute towards addressing the harm caused by such pollution.”  (Press Release, Republic of South Africa […]

New Zealand: Ocean Sanctuary Announced

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 28, 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that a new, fully-protected ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region will be established by legislation to be enacted next year. The sanctuary will cover about 620,000 square kilometers (about 385,250 square miles) […]

China: Environmental Tax

(June 23, 2015) On June 10, 2015, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council issued a draft environmental tax law for the purpose of solicitating opinions from the public. The draft law was prepared by the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation, and the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The government units concerned […]

Indonesia: West Papua to Be a Conservation Province

(Apr. 15, 2015) The local government in West Papua, an Indonesian province located on the western end of the island of New Guinea, is planning a bylaw that would make the area a conservation province. The Governor, Abraham Atururi, stated that West Papua should have that status in order to better protect its natural resources. […]

Taiwan: Fines for Cigarette Littering to Be Increased in Taipei

(Apr. 9, 2015) The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of the Taipei City government announced on April 4, 2015, that in order to reduce acts of littering with cigarette butts, it would raise the fines for repeat offenders. The department also plans to coordinate with the Taipei Department of Health, the Urban Development Department, and […]

United States: Pacific Marine Reserve Expanded

(Nov. 7, 2014) President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation creating the largest marine reserve in the world, expanding an existing reserve over scattered areas in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The September 25, 2014, proclamation expands the territory of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument Expansion, Proclamation No. […]

China: Notable Environmental Public Interest Lawsuit

(Oct. 17, 2014) The intermediate court of Taizhou, a city in China’s Jiangsu Province, recently ordered six local polluting enterprises to pay RMB160 million (about US$26 million) for environmental restoration in an environmental public interest lawsuit (the Taizhou Case). It is reportedly the largest amount of damages Chinese courts have ever awarded in a public […]

United Nations: Protection for Manta Rays and Sharks in Effect

(Sept. 16, 2014) United Nations-sponsored restrictions on trade in sharks and manta rays became effective on September 14, 2014. Permits and certificates establishing that sustainable, legal methods have been used to harvest five kinds of sharks and all manta rays now are needed for the sale of meat, gills, and fins. The shark species involved […]

China: Environmental Protection Law Revised

(June 6, 2014) On April 24, 2014, China revised its Environmental Protection Law. The new Law will enter into effect on January 1, 2015. (Environmental Protection Law [in Chinese] (Apr. 25, 2014), The Central People’s Government of the People’s Republic of China website; English translation available through Westlaw China online subscription database.) This was the […]

Brazil: National Council of Justice Launches Campaign for the Rational Use of Resources

(May 23, 2014) On May 13, 2014, Brazil’s National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça, CNJ) launched a campaign to encourage the rational use of resources by the judiciary and to disseminate good environmental practices. (Sarah Barros, CNJ Lança a Campanha Melhore o Planeta para Estimular o Uso Racional de Recursos, AGÊNCIA CNJ DE […]