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    EPA Announces First-Ever Rule Limiting PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

    EPA Announces First-Ever Rule Limiting PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the first-ever nationwide, legally enforceable limits on harmful per- polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — known as “forever chemicals” — in drinking water. The rule is the biggest leap so far in EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap and will lower exposure to the toxic substances for roughly 100 million […]

    EPA Limits Toxic Pollution From Chemical Plants

    EPA Limits Toxic Pollution From Chemical Plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized clean air standards that will limit the toxic pollutants released by chemical plants. According to the agency, the new standards will reduce the number of people with increased cancer risks in vulnerable communities near these chemical plants by 96%. The rule sets out to limit toxic air […]

    India’s Supreme Court Expands ‘Right to Life’ to Include Protection Against Climate Change

    India’s Supreme Court Expands ‘Right to Life’ to Include Protection Against Climate Change

    In another landmark climate decision, the Supreme Court of India has ruled that an individual’s “right to life” includes protection against the impacts of climate change. The verdict reflects fundamental rights stated in Article 21 of the country’s constitution, reported The Independent. “Without a clean environment which is stable and unimpacted by the vagaries of […]

    ‘A Massive Win for All Generations’: European Human Rights Court Rules Switzerland Violated Rights With Climate Inaction

    ‘A Massive Win for All Generations’: European Human Rights Court Rules Switzerland Violated Rights With Climate Inaction

    In a historic ruling, the European Court of Human Rights has found that Switzerland’s inadequate efforts to tackle climate change violated the human rights of its country’s citizens, represented by more than 2,000 older Swiss women. The landmark decision sets a powerful precedent for future climate-related lawsuits in Europe and around the world. “It is […]

    European Court of Human Rights to Rule on Whether Governments Must Protect People From Climate Change

    European Court of Human Rights to Rule on Whether Governments Must Protect People From Climate Change

    This week, the European Court of Human Rights could make a landmark ruling that governments have an obligation to protect people from the adverse impacts of climate change. Judges will rule on three distinct cases concerning whether people’s human rights were breached when governments failed to protect them from the ravages of a warming planet. […]