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USA. Port of Houston Authority commits to second stretch in environmental performance program
From bymnews.com

The Port of Houston Authority was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, yesterday, for renewing its commitment to implement environmentally beneficial practices that go beyond regulatory requirements.  As part of the National Environmental Performance Track program, the port has ...

Australia. Minister urges Queenslanders to prepare for potentially devastating cyclone season
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Emergency Services Minister Pat Purcell is urging Queenslanders to prepare their homes and their families for another summer of potentially devastating cyclones. Officially launching cyclone season, in Innisfail, Mr Purcell said it was important that people took action now ...

USA. Environmental Protection Agency awards Michigan community for Ruddiman Creek clean up
From bymnews.com

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock presented a Success Story Award to Muskegon, Mich., community organizations for their involvement in a the recently completed Great Lakes Legacy Act sediment cleanup of Ruddiman Creek.  Team members from Muskegon Lake ...

USA. Severe Storms Laboratory gains real-time insights into weather systems with SGI Altix
From bymnews.com

As America's autumn storm season for 2006 continues, the nation's weather forecasters have a relentless demand for reliable information that can help them warn citizens of potentially devastating storms. Providing early warning of tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards and hail storms ...

USA. Department of Interior contracts Synergetics to assist with earthquake monitoring systems
From bymnews.com

Synergetics has been contracted by the Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, to perform scientific research for The Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS), which is a major national initiative that serves the needs of the earthquake monitoring, engineering, and ...

USA. State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference honours Michigan Pulp & Paper Environmental Council
From bymnews.com

The Michigan Pulp & Paper Environmental Council (MPPEC) was honored as a prestigious "Great Lakes Success Story" during the 2006 State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC). The SOLEC Conference is sponsored jointly by the US Environmental Protection Agency ...

UK. Lord Truscott launches consultation on licensing green energy links from offshore renewables
From bymnews.com

Harnessing the wind that whips across the sea around Britain will make a significant contribution to the UK's renewable energy targets in future years. This was the message from Lord Truscott, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Energy, as the DTI ...

USA. Pennsylvania state parks to have kiosks to introduce visitors to wildlife & conservation history
From bymnews.com

To help educate visitors about the forests, wildlife and conservation history of the Pennsylvania Wilds, colorful and informative kiosks have been placed at 20 state parks in the region. "These kiosks introduce visitors to the special places in the ...

Kenya & Belgium. EU welcomes solid results of Nairobi world climate conference
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The European Union welcomes the solid progress made at the United Nations climate change conference which ended today in Nairobi. The meeting, the first ministerial conference on climate change held in sub-Saharan Africa, brought together the 189 Parties to ...

USA. FishAmerica Foundation expects to award up to $800,000 in Sportfish Habitat Restoration grants in 2007
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The FishAmerica Foundation has up to $800,000 in grant monies available for marine and anadromous sportfish habitat restoration projects across the coastal United States and the Great Lakes basin.  These grants will be awarded to community-based, on-the-ground projects to ...

USA. American Eagle Foundation invites 7,000 U.S. businesses, organizations & philanthropists to safeguard eagles future
From bymnews.com

With the bald eagle set to lose its Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection and funding in early 2007, the American Eagle Foundation recently created a dedicated endowment that, when fully funded, will support monitoring and protection of America’s recovering ...

USA. Caterpillar Inc. $1.2m donation to Opportunity International will assist overseas expansion
From bymnews.com

Opportunity International announced today a philanthropic grant of $1.2 million from Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) through the Caterpillar Foundation. Caterpillar has provided a dozen moderate-sized grants to Opportunity International since 1994, and this latest donation represents the largest gift ever ...

Australia. International Meeting on establishment of proposed South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation
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 The Second International Meeting to discuss the establishment of a South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation was held in Hobart, Australia, 6-10 November 2006. It was chaired by the independent Chair, elected at the First International Meeting, Bill Mansfield. ...

USA. North Carolina residents affected by recent tornadoes eligible for SBA disaster assistance
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Steven C. Preston, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that low-interest disaster loans will be made to North Carolina residents affected by the tornadoes that occurred November 15 - 17, 2006. Administrator Preston took this action ...

Vietnam. Asia Pacific business executives make climate change a priority at APEC summit
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Senior business executives from the Asia Pacific region met in Hanoi to discuss business sector priorities. APEC’s Business Advisory Council (ABAC),which comprises three senior business representatives from each of the 21 APEC economies, has identified a number of priority ...

Kenya. Important steps forward at international climate change talks but more progress essential
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Greater urgency must be injected into international climate change negotiations if the world is to face up to its responsibilities in tackling climate change, UK Environment Secretary David Miliband and German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said.  Both were speaking ...

Australia. Kingfisher Bay wins Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award
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Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village won its third consecutive award for ecotourism and secured its place in the prestigious Hall of Fame at  last night's 2006 Queensland Tourism Awards. Tourism Minister Margaret Keech said the Fraser Coast South Burnett ...

USA. U.S. protests Japans announced return to whaling in the Antarctic
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The United States expresses deep regrets that Japan's whaling fleet departed on November 15th to continue a controversial hunt for research purposes in the Antarctic. Japan has announced that it will kill up to 935 minke whales and ten ...

USA. Harrah’s Foundation pledges $250,000, to assist New Orleans hurricane recovery, through Comic Relief 2006
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Continuing its 15-month effort to assist the victims of last year’s devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes, the Harrah’s Foundation has pledged $250,000 to “Comic Relief 2006,” the all-star comedy benefit for the residents of New Orleans. Scheduled Saturday, November 18 ...

NOAA National Weather Service damage survey indicates Riegelwood, N.C., tornado was a strong F-3
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An NOAA National Weather Service survey team has investigated the damage and path left by Thursday's tornado that struck Riegelwood, N.C. The preliminary results indicate a strong F-3 tornado occurred (on the Fujita scale of F-0 to F-5) with ...
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Webinar-- The modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty: Substantial and procedural implications for the IIA regime
From feedproxy.google

This is from the University aParthenopea of Naples and the Asia Pacific FDI Network: On 5 November, 14.00-17:30 CET; 08:00-11.30 (NY) we will host a webinar on "The modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty: Substantial and procedural implications for the...

What Does the Biden Administration Think About a Power-Based vs. a Rules-Based Trading System?
From feedproxy.google

I wanted to elaborate on a point I made in my post from last week, where I discussed U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai's response to my question about ways to improve the WTO panel process. As a reminder, here's what...

USTR Requests ITC Investigation on Distributional Effects of Goods and Services Trade and Trade Policy
From feedproxy.google

USTR has just requested that the ITC carry out the following two-part investigation of distributional effects of goods and services trade and trade policy: under authority delegated by the President to the United States Trade Representative and pursuant to Section...

Guest Post: aThe crown and the jewela The rise and fall of the WTO Appellate Body: a critical analysis
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from law professor Luca Rubini: In yesterdayas speech in Geneva, Ambassador Katherine Tai, the current USTR, said: aReforming dispute settlement is not about restoring the Appellate Body for its own sake, or going back to...

Katherine Tai on WTO Dispute Settlement
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U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai gave a speech on WTO issues in Geneva today at the Graduate Institute's Geneva Trade Platform. Here is the section on WTO dispute settlement: Over the past quarter century, WTO members have discovered that they...

Birmingham Law School International Economic Law and Policy Working Group Events
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This is from law prof Luca Rubini: We are glad to present the first events in the 2021/2022 academic year of the International Economic Law and Policy Working Group (IELPWG), set up in 2019 at Birmingham Law School. The IELPWG...

Soumaya Keynes' Great Special Report on World Trade (and Two Quibbles)
From feedproxy.google

Soumaya Keynes of the Economist has a great six part Special Report on World Trade. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it! (Unfortunately, Soumaya is apparently leaving the trade beat, but this was a nice way to go out)....

New GATT Dispute Database from the WTO
From feedproxy.google

The WTO Secretariat has just put out a cool new database on GATT disputes. The official press release is here: The database allows users to search for information relating to the 317 GATT disputes brought by contracting parties from 1948...

The Role of Women in U.S.-China Trade Negotiations
From feedproxy.google

I found this question and answer from CNBC's Kayla Tausche to U.S. Trade Rep. Katherine Tai interesting: Tausche: In the direct talks that took place during the prior administration, the only women that were at the table were the translators....

The Biden Administration's China Trade Policy
From feedproxy.google

I wrote a piece over at China Trade Monitor (still free for now!) on Katherine Tai's speech from yesterday and the Biden administration's developing China trade policy. Here's the intro and conclusions: After months of saying that they are reviewing...

What Would Happen if WTO Members Voted on AB Appointments?
From feedproxy.google

Henry Gao has been making the case that WTO Members should have a vote on appointing AB Members, as a way to get around the U.S. block. I don't think that's likely to happen, but just for fun, I ran...

Guest Post: Eco Oro Minerals Corp. v. Republic of Colombia: some thoughts on an investoras due diligence
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from law professor Yulia Levashova: The investoras due diligence has become a significant factor in determining whether the legitimate expectations based on the stability of a regulatory framework of an investor give rise to protection...

Guest Post: Appointing Appellate Body Members by Majority a A Draft Article IX:2 Interpretation
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from law professor Geraldo Vidigal (see also my totally unscientific twitter poll related to this issue): With the Biden administration having continued the previous administrationas stance of blocking all appointments to the Appellate Body, the...

Guest Post: Proof that WTO subsidy rules are out-of-date in the climate change age
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from trade lawyer Bixuan Wu of the Hiways law firm: Last December, the US Commerce Department ruled that, under the EU's Emission Trading System, extra free allowances received by EU producers with high carbon leakage...

A Sixth Agreement To Use the MPIA
From feedproxy.google

I previously noted the five WTO disputes where agreed procedures between the parties for using the Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement (MPIA) have been circulated (as well as an agreement to use Article 25 arbitration outside the context of the...

RCEP's Airtight Data Localization Security Exception
From feedproxy.google

Security exceptions in international economic law agreements tend to be more expansive than other exceptions, but over on Twitter Geraldo Vidigal pointed out recently that the RCEP security exception for data localization measures has an element that seems to go...

Call for Venues for the SIEL Biennial Global Conference in 2023
From feedproxy.google

From the SIEL: The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is seeking a suitable venue and institutional host for the Eighth Biennial SIEL Global Conference, to be held in July 2023. The Call for Venues is open to all institutions...

Guest Post: The CPTPP/TPP-11, the UK and China
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from law professor Jaime Tijmes Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations concluded in October 2015.[1] United States President Obama heralded the TPP as a renegotiation of NAFTA: a|TPP representing a renegotiation of NAFTAa| (available at https://web.archive.org/web/20191217063334/https://ustr.gov/tpp/) As...

The Eco Oro Minerals v. Colombia Award: More Evidence that MST/FET Can't Be Salvaged
From feedproxy.google

Over on Twitter, lots of people are talking about the recent investment arbitration award in Eco Oro Minerals v. Colombia. (For Investment Arbitrator Reporter subscribers, a summary of the tribunal's reasoning is here.) I've followed some of the Twitter discussion,...

Can Domestic Disputes Over Who Is the Legitimate Government of a Country Be Addressed at the WTO?
From feedproxy.google

What happens if governments raise concerns at the WTO over whether a particular government is a legitimate one? Here is the U.S. statement at the March 26 DSB meeting as summarized in the official minutes: 1.2. The representative of the...

The Possibility of Another Section 301 Investigation on Chinese Trade Practices
From feedproxy.google

At the end of the day on Friday, there were a number of news reports about the Biden administration considering a new Section 301 investigation on China, this time focusing on subsidies. Here's Bloomberg: The Biden administration is weighing a...

Introducing China Trade Monitor
From feedproxy.google

As many of you know, I left Cato as of July 1. Since then, I've been working with my former Cato colleague Huan Zhu to set up a news/analysis website on China trade issues. It's called China Trade Monitor and...

ANZSIL International Economic Law Interest Group Workshop
From feedproxy.google

From the ANZSIL International Economic Law Interest Group: The Co-Chairs of ANZSILas International Economic Law Interest Group, Dilan Thampapillai and Chris Riffel, are pleased to present the programme of this yearas workshop. The workshop on Monday, 6 Sept, will be...

Some Quick Reactions to the WTO Panel Report on U.S. - Safeguards on Photovoltaic Products
From feedproxy.google

The WTO panel report on U.S. - Safeguards on Photovoltaic Products was circulated today. Here are a few reactions based on a very quick read of the report. First, it seems like kind of a big deal that a safeguard...

The Solar Safeguards Panel Report - Some First Reactions
From feedproxy.google

The newly-released Panel Report in US a Solar Safeguard (WT/DS562/R) is of course notable in that, for the first time, a global safeguard measure challenged in WTO dispute settlement has fully survived panel review. A longstanding practice of imposing standards...

USMCA State-State DS Is Keeping Busy
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Panel composition in a second USMCA dispute, on U.S. - Solar Safeguards, was recently announced (the first USCMA dispute panel to be composed was discussed here). The panelists are: Mario Matus, Chair, by agreement of the disputing Parties Jennifer Hillman,...
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Webinar-- The modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty: Substantial and procedural implications for the IIA regime
From feedproxy.google

This is from the University aParthenopea of Naples and the Asia Pacific FDI Network: On 5 November, 14.00-17:30 CET; 08:00-11.30 (NY) we will host a webinar on "The modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty: Substantial and procedural implications for the...

What Does the Biden Administration Think About a Power-Based vs. a Rules-Based Trading System?
From feedproxy.google

I wanted to elaborate on a point I made in my post from last week, where I discussed U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai's response to my question about ways to improve the WTO panel process. As a reminder, here's what...

USTR Requests ITC Investigation on Distributional Effects of Goods and Services Trade and Trade Policy
From feedproxy.google

USTR has just requested that the ITC carry out the following two-part investigation of distributional effects of goods and services trade and trade policy: under authority delegated by the President to the United States Trade Representative and pursuant to Section...

Guest Post: aThe crown and the jewela The rise and fall of the WTO Appellate Body: a critical analysis
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from law professor Luca Rubini: In yesterdayas speech in Geneva, Ambassador Katherine Tai, the current USTR, said: aReforming dispute settlement is not about restoring the Appellate Body for its own sake, or going back to...

Katherine Tai on WTO Dispute Settlement
From feedproxy.google

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai gave a speech on WTO issues in Geneva today at the Graduate Institute's Geneva Trade Platform. Here is the section on WTO dispute settlement: Over the past quarter century, WTO members have discovered that they...

Birmingham Law School International Economic Law and Policy Working Group Events
From feedproxy.google

This is from law prof Luca Rubini: We are glad to present the first events in the 2021/2022 academic year of the International Economic Law and Policy Working Group (IELPWG), set up in 2019 at Birmingham Law School. The IELPWG...

Soumaya Keynes' Great Special Report on World Trade (and Two Quibbles)
From feedproxy.google

Soumaya Keynes of the Economist has a great six part Special Report on World Trade. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it! (Unfortunately, Soumaya is apparently leaving the trade beat, but this was a nice way to go out)....

New GATT Dispute Database from the WTO
From feedproxy.google

The WTO Secretariat has just put out a cool new database on GATT disputes. The official press release is here: The database allows users to search for information relating to the 317 GATT disputes brought by contracting parties from 1948...

The Role of Women in U.S.-China Trade Negotiations
From feedproxy.google

I found this question and answer from CNBC's Kayla Tausche to U.S. Trade Rep. Katherine Tai interesting: Tausche: In the direct talks that took place during the prior administration, the only women that were at the table were the translators....

The Biden Administration's China Trade Policy
From feedproxy.google

I wrote a piece over at China Trade Monitor (still free for now!) on Katherine Tai's speech from yesterday and the Biden administration's developing China trade policy. Here's the intro and conclusions: After months of saying that they are reviewing...

What Would Happen if WTO Members Voted on AB Appointments?
From feedproxy.google

Henry Gao has been making the case that WTO Members should have a vote on appointing AB Members, as a way to get around the U.S. block. I don't think that's likely to happen, but just for fun, I ran...

Guest Post: Eco Oro Minerals Corp. v. Republic of Colombia: some thoughts on an investoras due diligence
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from law professor Yulia Levashova: The investoras due diligence has become a significant factor in determining whether the legitimate expectations based on the stability of a regulatory framework of an investor give rise to protection...

Guest Post: Appointing Appellate Body Members by Majority a A Draft Article IX:2 Interpretation
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from law professor Geraldo Vidigal (see also my totally unscientific twitter poll related to this issue): With the Biden administration having continued the previous administrationas stance of blocking all appointments to the Appellate Body, the...

Guest Post: Proof that WTO subsidy rules are out-of-date in the climate change age
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from trade lawyer Bixuan Wu of the Hiways law firm: Last December, the US Commerce Department ruled that, under the EU's Emission Trading System, extra free allowances received by EU producers with high carbon leakage...

A Sixth Agreement To Use the MPIA
From feedproxy.google

I previously noted the five WTO disputes where agreed procedures between the parties for using the Multi-Party Interim Appeal Arbitration Arrangement (MPIA) have been circulated (as well as an agreement to use Article 25 arbitration outside the context of the...

RCEP's Airtight Data Localization Security Exception
From feedproxy.google

Security exceptions in international economic law agreements tend to be more expansive than other exceptions, but over on Twitter Geraldo Vidigal pointed out recently that the RCEP security exception for data localization measures has an element that seems to go...

Call for Venues for the SIEL Biennial Global Conference in 2023
From feedproxy.google

From the SIEL: The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) is seeking a suitable venue and institutional host for the Eighth Biennial SIEL Global Conference, to be held in July 2023. The Call for Venues is open to all institutions...

Guest Post: The CPTPP/TPP-11, the UK and China
From feedproxy.google

This is a guest post from law professor Jaime Tijmes Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations concluded in October 2015.[1] United States President Obama heralded the TPP as a renegotiation of NAFTA: a|TPP representing a renegotiation of NAFTAa| (available at https://web.archive.org/web/20191217063334/https://ustr.gov/tpp/) As...

The Eco Oro Minerals v. Colombia Award: More Evidence that MST/FET Can't Be Salvaged
From feedproxy.google

Over on Twitter, lots of people are talking about the recent investment arbitration award in Eco Oro Minerals v. Colombia. (For Investment Arbitrator Reporter subscribers, a summary of the tribunal's reasoning is here.) I've followed some of the Twitter discussion,...

Can Domestic Disputes Over Who Is the Legitimate Government of a Country Be Addressed at the WTO?
From feedproxy.google

What happens if governments raise concerns at the WTO over whether a particular government is a legitimate one? Here is the U.S. statement at the March 26 DSB meeting as summarized in the official minutes: 1.2. The representative of the...

The Possibility of Another Section 301 Investigation on Chinese Trade Practices
From feedproxy.google

At the end of the day on Friday, there were a number of news reports about the Biden administration considering a new Section 301 investigation on China, this time focusing on subsidies. Here's Bloomberg: The Biden administration is weighing a...

Introducing China Trade Monitor
From feedproxy.google

As many of you know, I left Cato as of July 1. Since then, I've been working with my former Cato colleague Huan Zhu to set up a news/analysis website on China trade issues. It's called China Trade Monitor and...

ANZSIL International Economic Law Interest Group Workshop
From feedproxy.google

From the ANZSIL International Economic Law Interest Group: The Co-Chairs of ANZSILas International Economic Law Interest Group, Dilan Thampapillai and Chris Riffel, are pleased to present the programme of this yearas workshop. The workshop on Monday, 6 Sept, will be...

Some Quick Reactions to the WTO Panel Report on U.S. - Safeguards on Photovoltaic Products
From feedproxy.google

The WTO panel report on U.S. - Safeguards on Photovoltaic Products was circulated today. Here are a few reactions based on a very quick read of the report. First, it seems like kind of a big deal that a safeguard...

The Solar Safeguards Panel Report - Some First Reactions
From feedproxy.google

The newly-released Panel Report in US a Solar Safeguard (WT/DS562/R) is of course notable in that, for the first time, a global safeguard measure challenged in WTO dispute settlement has fully survived panel review. A longstanding practice of imposing standards...

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