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Environmental Law

Leon Billings, Tom Jorling And The Origins Of U.S. Environmental Law

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.19.2016 | Green
Steven Cohen

I learned the sad news last week that Leon Billings, one of the co-authors of several environmental statutes in the 1970s, had passed away. Leon was a...

Environmental Consequences of the Brexit

European Horizons | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
European Horizons

Britain's vote to leave the European Union has electrified the interest of policy makers, leaders, and investors as the consequences of the vote unfold. As a result of the vote, many internal and external implications may arise, including environmental concerns that put Britain at risk for weakened environmental standards and a stifled voice in international environmental law.

Judge Blocks Major Fracking Rule, Calling It 'Contrary To Law'

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

A federal judge in Wyoming has permanently blocked a rule that sought to regulate hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, on millions of acr...

How California Uses Forests - and Economic Forces - to Fight Climate Change

Mark Tercek | Posted 02.08.2017 | Green
Mark Tercek

California is often at the forefront of implementing strong environmental regulations, many times going beyond what the federal Environmental Protection Agency requires. We hope other state and country leaders will follow California's example as the world comes together to build off of the momentum of the Paris agreement.

Confessions on Earth Day, Part I

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Arts
Barbara Mossberg

Whither Earth Day? Even as we speak about this little miracle of soil on which we spin and hurtle through space, its fate becomes more perilous. What ...

Top 10 Trending Legal Careers

Tamesha Keel | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Tamesha Keel

For several years, one of the biggest shifts in the legal job market is the steady demand for specialized expertise. The career potential is high for skilled talent with industry or practice-area specialization. Both employers and clients are looking for efficiencies and value found in subject matter experts.

Nature's Trust (Part 1)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

We need a new idea and system of law that will enable an alternative to collapse or chaos. As an advocate for the ocean and the global water cycle as that idea, I have been unable to establish the principle and precedent on which such a system of law might be based -- until now.

An Imperfect Safety Net for Carnivore Conservation

Cristina Eisenberg | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Cristina Eisenberg

Environmental laws in the U.S. and Canada are a big part of why we still have large carnivores roaming remote mountain valleys, but they provide an imperfect safety net, due to differences in management objectives.

The Paper Tiger Gets Teeth: Developments in Chinese Environmental Law

Erin Ryan | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Erin Ryan

The move follows a series of internationally reported environmental horror stories from China over the past year, including epic levels of urban air pollution and tens of thousands of pig carcasses decaying in the local water supply.

Maybe It Was the Mistletoe: Huge Settlement in Lawsuit Over Dirty Stormwater Pollution

Bart Mihailovich | Posted 02.20.2014 | Green
Bart Mihailovich

In this story, it was regular citizens and a federal court, not the Ghost of Christmas Future, that gave the County a glimpse of what it means to be on the hook for Clean Water Act fines.

Cruise Ship Carnage

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 11.29.2013 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

The cruise line industry not only wields extraordinary power over the local port's economy but also wreaks devastation on the delicate marine environments.

Why I Wrote Complicit

Steve Fleischli | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Steve Fleischli

During my nearly 20 year legal career, I have worked on all sides of environmental issues - representing community groups, the government and even corporations. My new novel, Complicit, synthesizes much of what I have learned so far.

Celebrating the Clean Water Act, and Moving Toward Improving and Strengthening It

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 12.18.2012 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

This law has given the nation the tools needed to begin cleaning up the nation's increasingly contaminated waters, and it has proven to be one of the most important, effective, and highly regarded environment laws in the world.

On Endangered Species Day, Stories of Unparalleled Success

Kieran Suckling | Posted 07.17.2012 | Green
Kieran Suckling

It has saved 99 percent of the 1,482 native species under its care from disappearing forever. But the Act isn't just about avoiding extinction. It's about setting these species on a path to recovery. On that point, there are amazing stories worth celebrating:

Why Fracking and Other Disasters Are So Hard to Stop

Peter Montague | Posted 03.21.2012 | Green
Peter Montague

U.S. environmental law commonly presumes that all economic growth is safe and that it is "reasonable" until someone can prove otherwise.

Boom to Bust: China, the U.S., and the Environment

Jason J. Czarnezki | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
Jason J. Czarnezki

In both China and the U.S., economic progress should be based on sustainability and improvement of existing resources rather than simply growth and acquisition.

Lacey Act: The Diverse Coalition That Supports It and Why Efforts to Weaken It Should Be Resisted

Jake Schmidt | Posted 12.05.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The Lacey Act is a powerful tool in efforts to stop the destruction of the world's forests, protect American jobs, and help establish rule of law in developing countries.

The Supreme Court's AEP Decision: Snatching Climate Change Solutions Victory from the Jaws of Defeat

Howard Learner | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Howard Learner

In today's politically polarized environment, legislative and judicial actions tend to be characterized as either stunning victories or crushing defeats.

Natural Burial Is a Gentler Way to Leave

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dilenschneider

Commercial funeral practices put gallons of embalming fluid, and tons of metal and exotic hardwoods into the ground. And I was surprised to learn that cremation is equally polluting and energy-intensive.

NAELS 2010 Staying Afloat: Adapting to Climate Change in the Gulf Coast and Beyond

Dan Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Dan Worth

How will New Orleans and low-lying coastal cities like it adapt to ever-increasing populations and a rapidly changing climate in the coming century?

Birth Defects Surge in a Toxic World

Christopher Gavigan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christopher Gavigan

According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 33 babies born in the US have a birth defect -- about twice as many as in China.

Rights for Nature: In PA's Coal Region, A Radical Approach to Conservation Takes Root

Kate Beale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kate Beale

Seeking legal rights for nature appears pragmatic: just witness how corporations have flourished enjoying the same legal status. At first glance it seems counterintuitive, but perhaps it shouldn't.

Obama v. Bush: Climate Change Executive Order Reversals, Could Establish National Energy Council (Video Roundup)

George Spyros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
George Spyros

President-elect Obama's top priority of stimulating the economy and create jobs will involve new environmental actions aimed at having long-term benefits.