Supreme Court limits Biden’s power to cut emissions

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lost some of its power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court represents a major setback to President Joe Biden’s climate plans. He called it a “devastating decision” but said it would not undermine his effort to tackle the climate crisis. The case against the EPA was brought by West Virginia on behalf of 18 other mostly Republican-led states and some of the nation’s largest coal companies. They argued that the agency did not have the authority…

Hong Kong: Top UK judges resign from the Supreme Court

The UK has announced that two of its Supreme Court judges will no longer be sitting on Hong Kong’s top court. The judges said the threat to civil liberties had made their role in Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal untenable. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has responded with “regret and disappointment” to the resignations. But the UK government supports the decision, and says the situation in the territory has now reached “a tipping point”. In 2020 China introduced a national security law that curtailed freedom of speech and…