INECE Network News: April 2024

Apr 19, 2024

International News

In the last month, 8 international news pieces have been added. For a complete listing, please click here.

Nations Are Undercounting Emissions, Putting UN Goals at Risk
Fred Pearce and Yale Environment 360
21 March 2024

Because of lax rules, national inventories reported to the United Nations grossly underestimate many countries’ greenhouse gas emissions. The result, analysts say, is that the world can not verify compliance with agreed emissions targets, jeopardizing global climate agreements. Read More


Fifth Circuit Presses Pause on SEC’s Final Climate Regulation
Betty Huber , Paul Davies, and Sarah Fortt
21 March 2024

On March 15, 2024, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted an administrative stay of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recently finalized climate disclosure rules, in response to a March 8 request.[1] Petitioners had requested the stay in light of the “irreparable injury in the form of… Read More


Top Republicans and the AZ Chamber of Commerce Are Suing the EPA Over New Pollution Rules

AZ Mirror and Gloria Rebecca Gomez
25 March 2024

Republican lawmakers are challenging a federal rule aimed at reducing smokestack and diesel emissions, arguing that its new requirements are too stringent to implement and will be financially devastating for Arizona. Read More


Environmental Crime: Council Clears New EU Law With Tougher Sanctions And Extended List Of Offences
European Union Action to Fight Environmental Crime
26 March 2024

Today, the Council formally adopted a directive on the protection of the environment through criminal law. The law will improve the investigation and prosecution of environmental crime offences. Read More


Residents Near ‘Illegal’ Waste Tip Call for Action
Yvette Austin
28 March 2024

Residents living near an “illegal” waste tip in Kent are calling for tougher action to get the site cleared. Landowner John Treeby was served with an enforcement notice by the Environment Agency in October, giving him six months to clear the site at Wouldham Road, in Borstal. Read More


Kenya Forest Service Denies Land Grabbing Allegations
David Nijaaga
30 March 2024

The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has refuted claims that a portion of the Oloolua Forest in Kajiado County has been encroached upon. In a statement on X, KFS clarified that no individual had been allocated land within the forest. Read More


International Criminal Court Urged to Tackle Environmental Crimes and End Impunity
Nicholas Vincent and One Green Planet
30 March 2024

In a groundbreaking call to action, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is being urged to confront environmental crimes head-on. This plea for justice comes from a diverse group of academics, lawyers, and activists worldwide, spotlighting a critical gap in the ICC’s current mandate. Read More


Ramping Up Enforcement to Tackle River Pollution
Manjit Kaur, Martin Carvalho, Ragananthini Vethasalam, and Venesa Devi
1 April 2024

Harsher penalties alone under new amendments to the Environmental Quality Act will not spare the country’s water sources from pollution if there is a lack of manpower to enforce the provisions, said stakeholders and trade groups. Read More


Blogs

What You Need to Know About Dubai’s Ban on Single-Use Plastic: Fines and Exemptions
Gulf Business
30 March 2024

In a bid to tackle environmental concerns and promote sustainability, Dubai Municipality unveiled plans for a comprehensive ban on various types of single-use products, to be implemented in three distinct phases. This move follows the issuance of a single-use plastic ban in January, driven by a resolution from Sheikh Hamdan… Read More


Time to End ‘Waste Colonialism’ Through a Global Plastics Treaty
Mageswari Sangaralingam and The Diplomat
13 March 2024

The global production and trade of plastic waste have drastically increased over the recent decades. Plastic waste is mostly traded under the banner of plastic “recycling.” This practice of exporting waste from higher-income countries to lower-income countries that are ill-equipped to handle the waste is a form of environmental racism… Read More


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Other news

Upcoming Community of Practice Meetings (May)

Upcoming Community of Practice Meetings (May)

We have a number of CoP meetings coming for the remainder of May with several more to be scheduled very soon for some of our groups on hiatus including Intelligence and Analysis and Professional Development which will welcome their new leadership teams. To join in on...

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DCCEEW unveils its First Nations Engagement Report

DCCEEW unveils its First Nations Engagement Report

The Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water has launched its inaugural edition of the First Nations Engagement Report, a bi-monthly publication aimed at providing insightful analysis, forecasting, and comprehensive reporting on the...

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How will you use your AELERT membership in 24/25?

How will you use your AELERT membership in 24/25?

Thank you to our members for your ongoing support and engagement with the AELERT network over the last 12 months, your contributions have allowed us to develop the vital products and services that deliver on our promise to build the collective regulatory strength and...

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Walker Corporation development in Toondah Harbour rejected

Walker Corporation development in Toondah Harbour rejected

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MPMINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATERSTATEMENT Thursday, 18 April 2024 Toondah Harbour Last week I announced my proposed decision to reject an application for development in Toondah Harbour near Brisbane. Today Walker Corporation advised me...

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DCCEEW undertakes National Climate Risk Assessment

DCCEEW undertakes National Climate Risk Assessment

DCCEEW released the National Climate Risk Assessment first pass assessment report and National Adaptation Plan on 12 March 2024, these will be important milestones in the work DCCEEW is leading to plan for and adapt to the increasing risks of climate change in...

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INECE Network News: March 2024

INECE Network News: March 2024

Events There are 5 previous and upcoming events. For a complete listing of events, please click here. A Primer on Compliance and Enforcement Issues for Plastics Pollution31 January 2024 | Virtual WebinarThe scope and seriousness of plastics pollution has become...

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Join the Nature Repair Committee

Join the Nature Repair Committee

The Australian Government is searching for applicants to join the new, statutory Nature Repair Committee and help create a nature positive Australia by providing independent advice on Australia’s world-leading Nature Repair Market. Under the Nature Repair Act 2023,...

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