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Peak Meat Consumption Must Occur Within Decade, Scientists Warn

Over fifty scientists have signed a letter published in the Lancet Journal of Planetary Health calling on governments to set limits on animal farming in order to comply with targets set by the Paris Agreement. According to these scientists, worldwide meat consumption must peak and then decline within the next ten years in order to meet those goals.

House Announces Legislation to Reach Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has released the legislative framework for the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act. The Act aims to make the United States achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The draft does not currently contain provisions specifically addressing the role of animal agriculture in climate change.

9th Circuit Says Climate Suits Do Not Raise Federal Issues

The 9th Circuit has held [1, 2] that climate related tort suits are a matter of state, not federal, law. The decision remands claims brought by several California jurisdictions against fossil fuel companies to state court, defeating the companies’ attempt to have the cases addressed in federal court.

Groups Challenge FDA’s Approval of New Drug for Cows Raised for Beef

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, Food & Water Watch, and Food Animal Concerns Trust have filed suit against the Food and Drug Administration, challenging the agency’s approval of a drug intended to decrease the amount of ammonia gas released from the waste produced by cows raised for beef.

Article Explores CAFO Regulations

A new article, adapted from a chapter of the forthcoming second edition of the book What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law?, provides suggestions for improving market imbalances between CAFOs and smaller operations and offers suggestions for modifying animal welfare and environmental laws.

Chicken Plant Sanctioned for Over-Redacting Documents in Discovery

A Colorado judge has sanctioned a chicken processing plant for over-redacting documents produced in discovery in a suit  over alleged water pollution.

EPA to End Suspension of Reporting Requirements

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it will end its controversial policy of suspending reporting requirements for certain entities during the coronavirus outbreak.

Climate Change Impacts on the Endangered Species Act

A note published in the Georgia State University Law Review examines the effects of the current Endangered Species Act’s implementing regulations and the changing climate may have on the administration of the statute. The note also makes direct recommendations to the Fish and Wildlife Service can accommodate climate change.

Waters of the United States Rule Finalized

The Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency have issued a final Waters of the United States rule. The rule narrows the scope of the Clean Water Act, excluding many wetlands. The rule becomes effective on June 22, 2020.

States Challenge Replacement WOTUS Rule

A coalition of states and cities has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that the Waters of the United States replacement rule is in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and the Clean Water Act.