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China vs. North Korea's Refugees
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

Beijing forcibly repatriates these unfortunates without giving them a chance to apply for asylum. North Koreans who are suspected of having met Christians, South Koreans or Americans while in China are executed or shipped off to the gulag.more »

Stanislaus County Sheriff: Pot Farms Increasing Problem
KCRA SacramentoMarch 1, 2012

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson applauds the US Attorney's announcement that it will be working with local law enforcement to further crack down on marijuana farms. Sheriff Christianson said the Stansilaus Drug Enforcement Agency, ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Shell sues environmental groups to score drilling rights
msnbc.comMarch 1, 2012

Screw the legal system. If people keep relying on lawmakers and the courts, we may as well baste ourselves and hop in the oven before the GOP gets hitler junior in office. But what am I even doing? I'm talking to people who love their god and their ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Emilia Diaz-Struck and Joseph Poliszuk
The Cutting EdgeMarch 4, 2012

“Colombia or Brazil get this big business because the exploitation of minerals is official there, or at least is not illegal,” Liborio Guarulla, governor of Venezuela's Amazonas state, told ICIJ. Venezuelan mining officials declined requests from ICIJ ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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What's Next for the Renewable Power Industry
Environmental LeaderMarch 19, 2012

In the immediate future, much of the current environment will change. Support for clean energy projects has waned in light of the prolonged nature of the Great Recession. DOE funding is apparently about to be a thing of the past.more »

Natural Resources
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Is America Losing Its Edge in Clean-Energy Tech?
blogs.hbr.org (blog)March 2, 2012

The pace of innovation is one reason prices have dropped dramatically: Putting solar panels on American roofs costs, on average, less than half of what it did just two years ago, in part because a Moore's Law-like innovation cycle is unfolding in ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Santa Clara History: The Harris-Lass House
Santa Clara WeeklyMarch 1, 2012

The surrounding land was originally a prune orchard and the house was built around the time Abraham Lincoln was president, according to Bob Byrd, the President of the Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara. The style of house is known as the ...more »

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An Environmental Balancing Act? Wisconsin's New Wetland Law
89.7 WUWM - Milwaukee Public RadioMarch 1, 2012

Supporters call one of the law's strengths, the requirement that applicants submit a mitigation plan to “make up” for affected wetlands. According to WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence, we will likely hear more about that “compensation” clause, ...more »

Pest Control Law
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ServiceSuite to be Available on Apple and Android Platform
PCT MagazineMarch 8, 2012

The availability of the ServSuite mobile applications for the different platforms now makes ServSuite the only pest control software solution available on all three major platforms, the company reports. This breakthrough in pest control management ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Land sharks try to usurp Bil Akbarpur wetland
India TodayMarch 5, 2012

The wildlife sanctuary status would bring in its wake existing laws which are tough to violate and entails harsher punishment. The Wildlife Conservation Strategy 2002, prepared by the National Board for Wildlife, says land within 10 km of a sanctuary's ...more »

AP ENTERPRISE: Navy 'Sinkex' raises pollution fear
The Seattle TimesMarch 3, 2012

Then in 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered the Navy to better document toxic waste on the doomed ships, and in return the EPA exempted the military from federal pollution laws that prohibited such dumping in the ocean.more »

Hazardous Waste
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Pittsylvania County Superfund site stable, monitored
GoDanRiver.comMarch 18, 2012

Waste along the edge of the site was removed and most remained in the former quarry and was capped, said First Piedmont Chairman Ben Davenport. Superfund is the federal government's program for cleaning up uncontrolled hazardous wastes.more »

Public Utilities
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What They're Saying: Natural Gas “Offering a Beacon of Hope” for America's Future
NorthcentralPa.comMarch 2, 2012

UGI Utilities Inc. announced Wednesday that the price it pays to buy natural gas is going down, so by law, the Reading-based utility is passing the savings on to its customers. … With that decrease, UGI said the average monthly bill for customers will ...more »


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