Landmark case highlights the conflict between immediate climate action and a gradual transition to renewables.
Environmental activists have been advocating for piecemeal legal change for decades. But a more fundamental rewrite of the law is needed.
These teens are finding creative avenues to pursue action, even if it means taking a long shot. And beating the odds is exactly how the law tends to evolve.
Climate-related financial risks have already entered the corporate boardroom. With this case, they’ve now come knocking at the government's door.
Up to 8,000 spectacled flying-foxes, around 12% of the species' population, will be forced to leave their home in central Cairns.
A law to fast-track development consents is being fast-tracked itself. Before it's too late, politicians should insist on greater protection against long-term environmental damage.
How Zambian farmers won the right to pursue claims in UK courts – and why UK polluters should be worried
Our environmental laws work in the favour of mining interests – even when the industry itself claims otherwise.
Without a clear framework within which decisions can be made, heritage resources will forever be threatened by development.
The Deepwater Horizon disaster set new records for holding polluters to account. But it had much less impact on laws regulating offshore drilling or US oil dependence.
A 2006 Supreme Court ruling created widespread confusion about which wetlands and other waters are federally protected. The Trump administration's latest action isn't likely to clear things up.
Climate activists are using the 'extraordinary emergency' of climate change as a legal defence to justify law breaking.
Destroying the Amazon rainforest will accelerate climate change, harming millions. Can those responsible be prosecuted?
The Western Ghats are a global biodiversity hotspot, but urgently need better legal protection.
Should lakes, rivers and other resources have legal rights? New Zealand, Ecuador and other countries have taken this step. Now Toledo, Ohio is a US test case.
Contemporary mining disasters echo the devastation caused by Victoria's gold fields. Victorians campaigned for some of the world's first laws against industrial pollution.
The Trump administration is changing implementation of the Endangered Species Act in ways that conservationists say would reduce protection for some of America's most threatened wildlife.
Brazil's deforestation rate is back up. The UN Security Council has three main options.
Current environment laws are manifestly failing Australian animals.
Can presidents undo decisions by their predecessors to protect federal lands from development? A recent court ruling on offshore drilling says no, and could also affect contested lands in Utah.