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International Update Volume 48, Issue 28

GERMAN COURT ISSUES HALT ON FOREST CLEARING

Germany

On October 5, a German administrative court issued a temporary halt to the clearing of Hambach Forest by an energy company wishing to expanding its adjacent lignite strip mine. An environmental group argued that the forest deserved protected status because of the bats that reside there. The court found that the legal questions raised over the forest's status were too complex to rule on the issue in accelerated proceedings, and thus determined that a halt was necessary to prevent irreversible changes being made.

DUTCH GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TAX ON HEAVY POLLUTERS

Netherlands

On October 5, the Dutch government announced that it would increase taxes on heavily polluting companies to help fund the country's climate goals of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 49 percent by 2030. The level of taxes imposed on carbon dioxide emissions for different industry sectors have not yet been proposed, but the government is aiming to reach an agreement by the end of the year. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-netherlands-government-climatechange/d....

NINE JURISDICTIONS SIGN AGREEMENT TO BAN COMMERCIAL FISHING IN ARCTIC

Nine jurisdictions—Canada, China, Denmark, the European Union, Iceland, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, and the United States—have signed a legally binding agreement that bans commercial fishing in the high seas portion of the Central Arctic Ocean.