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California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) took another step toward revising the Article 6 Clear and Reasonable Warning  Requirements under Proposition 65 (Prop 65) by issuing a new proposed rule on March 25, 2016. This proposal is just the latest in a series of potential revisions, which includes a January 2015 version that was withdrawn and replaced by OEHHA last November. Whereas the January 2015 draft had proposed specific warnings for the so-called “dirty dozen substances,”…

2015 was a momentous year for sustainable real estate. Some countries made impressive strides toward sustainability through certifications, CO2 reduction targets and market-led initiatives. A few others fell behind in scaling up best practices. To help you stay abreast of significant developments in the green buildings sphere, Baker & McKenzie presents the second edition of the Global Sustainable Buildings Index. This detailed guide evaluates sustainable policies, schemes, trends and practices in 25 countries across Asia…

With the dust having now settled on last year’s historic COP21 negotiations in Paris, which resulted in a new global climate change agreement (Paris Agreement), the focus will be on domestic implementation of each Parties’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Pursuant to the Paris Agreement, countries have agreed to keep global temperature increases to “well below 2°C”. This overarching goal will guide countries’ mitigation and adaptation efforts for the period between 2020 – 2030. Australia’s commitment…

In another example of collaboration between the United States and Canada on product matters, Environment Canada has recently released a consultation paper in respect of its proposed regulations to ban the use of microbeads in personal care products (tiny pieces of plastic as used in cosmetics, non-prescription drugs and natural health products). Prescription drugs, as defined by under the Food and Drug Regulations, are exempt from the current proposed regulations. North American Grassroots Movement The…

Much of the fireworks and rancor around U.S. Presidential campaign politics in this 2016 election year has been directed at the issue of international trade. At the center of this debate is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) signed on February 4, 2016 by the United States and eleven of its trading partners in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Australia. The TPP is the most extensive multilateral free trade initiative ever pursued and, if ratified by participating countries,…

Following a landmark criminal case in Canada, a construction project manager was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on January 11, 2016. Mr. Kazenelson, an employee of Metron Construction Corporation (“Metron”), was convicted of four counts of criminal negligence causing death and one court of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. These charges stemmed from a “swing stage” (a suspended work platform) collapse that killed four workers and severely injured a fifth in Toronto on December 24, 2009. Six workers…