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The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Significance and Implications for the Future

On December 12, 2015, nearly 200 countries created a major new agreement on climate change, accompanied by national commitments to act. The Paris Agreement has rightly been celebrated as a breakthrough, but was unquestionably...

Carbon Trading in China: Progress and Challenges

China and the United States deserve a great deal of credit for the successful outcome at the Paris Climate Agreement talks. Their landmark 2014 agreement committing each nation to reduce emissions and promote cleaner energy sources...

Green NGOs Win China’s First Environmental Public Interest Litigation: The Nanping Case

The September 2015 issue of News & Analysis looked at China’s new Environmental Protection Law, including the first environmental public interest litigation case heard under it, the “Nanping case.” On October 29, 2015, the...

Tropical Conservation and Liability for Environmental Harm

Tropical countries face a host of challenges to their natural environment and resources. Environmental law liability provisions offer one set of potential protections. This Article surveys such provisions in a variety of tropical...

Field Notes From the Far East: China’s New Public Interest Environmental Protection Law in Action

On May 15, 2015, the Nanping Intermediate People’s Court in Fujian Province conducted the first-ever Chinese trial involving environmental civil public interest litigation. The case, which concerned resource destruction and...

India's First Environmental Referendum: How Tribal People Protected the Environment

In an unprecedented event in 2013, a group of tribal villagers in the Indian state of Orissa (also known as Odisha) rejected the proposal of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd. to mine for bauxite in their territory. The rejection was made through...

China’s New Environmental Protection Law

On January 1, 2015, China will formally begin implementing an updated Environmental Protection Law. Originally promulgated in 1989, this is the first time China’s fundamental environmental protection statute has been revised, and, in...

Beyond the CDM: Regulating China’s Domestic Offset Scheme

Success in China moving from participation in the Clean Development Mechanism to a national offset scheme is critical to the development of climate law and policy within China. Examination of the regulatory and institutional...

The Path Not Yet Taken: Bilateral Trade Agreements to Promote Sustainable Biofuels Under the EU Renewable Energy Directive

In order for biofuels to count as renewable energy for transport under the European Union Renewable Energy Directive, most applicants have relied on certification by the European Commission. But bilateral agreements can also be used to...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2013

As the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the leading political party of China and in effect determines the policies of the Chinese government, this Comment reviews the policy developments of the CPC during 2013, and what these mean for...