A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling puts groundwater science at the center of decisions about how to regulate water pollution. Today, in a closely watched case with extensive implications, the court ruled 6 to 3 that the federal Clean Water Act applies to pollution of underground water that flows into nearby lakes, […]

Shutterstock As the world tries to cope with the challenges of 2020, discussions around the use of mined resources from outer space continue to ratchet up. On April 6, the US White House released an executive order that Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of […]

The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. ROB CRANDALL/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot block recipients of agency funding from participating on its science advisory boards, a federal judge said yesterday. The ruling from Senior Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court […]

On Monday, the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) brought proceedings against Facebook in the Federal Court, asking the court to impose financial penalties for serious interference with the privacy of more than 300,000 Australians. To our knowledge, this is the first time the privacy regulator has sought civil penalty orders under the Privacy […]