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Environmental Policy

SMART ALEC Founder Refuses to Cease and Desist

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Matthew Charles Cardinale, activist, law student, and affordable housing advocate, refused to respond to ALEC's demand to cease using the name "SMART ...

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.

The End of Coal

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
R.F. Hemphill

Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton is not an energy expert. She probably has some such person on her campaign staff, but she didn't need them when...

The education of a wave

Terry Babcock-Lumish | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Terry Babcock-Lumish

Our friendship was an improbable one. Hailing from the United States and Japan, we were steeped in our respective countries' questions of environmental science and public policy some 7,000 miles apart. One of us had been sporting suits and heels in Washington, while the other nested amongst New Zealand's otherworldly landscapes.

A Quiet Victory for the Rule of Law: Supreme Court Makes it Easier for Property Owners to Challenge Federal Regulatory Power

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

It may have seemed like a quiet decision day at the Supreme Court, with the Court issuing only one opinion in an argued case. But for those who value property rights and the rule of law, Tuesday's decision in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes is cause for celebration.

Purging the Bugaboo

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Oregon State University researchers claim that conservatives' denial of human-induced climate change can be reversed by linguistic and visual manipula...

The Future Role of Economics in the IPCC

Robert Stavins | Posted 04.19.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

Growing inefficiencies and other limitations have made the IPCC an increasingly problematic forum for qualified scholars. This has been particularly true with regard to expertise from economics.

GOP: From Green to Mean

Edward Flattau | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Edward Flattau

The Republican Party has experienced a dizzying downward spiral in environmental sensitivity, especially in the last four decades.

Ten Challenges to De-Carbonizing Our Energy Supply

Kenneth M. Klemow | Posted 02.17.2016 | Green
Kenneth M. Klemow

Proponents of alternative energy were left scratching their heads last December over a report that the town council from Woodland, N.C., rejected a proposal to rezone a parcel of land to allow a proposed solar farm.

4 Questions for GOP Candidates for President on the Spread of the Zika Virus and the Role of Federal Agencies Like the U.S. E.P.A.

Alan Farago | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Alan Farago

If you support a federal role in preventing the spread and the consequences for the Zica virus but not federal responsibility to tighten toxic mercury, monitoring and enforcement of protections for our drinking water, please explain why?

Local Knowledge as a Model of Climate Change Mitigation

Nichlas Emmons | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Nichlas Emmons

The Inuit Circumpolar Council - Alaska (ICC-AK) recently released a report that strongly tied the protection of traditional aspects of culture to the protection of the natural environment.

Microbeads, Marine Debris, Regulation and the Precautionary Principle

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.28.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

A small, one could say, micro-sized miracle took place earlier this month as the United States Congress enacted the Microbead Free Waters Act of 2015.

It's Time to Listen to Nature, Not Soundbites

David de Rothschild | Posted 12.15.2015 | Green
David de Rothschild

Knowing that we're currently on a trajectory that will see us end up somewhere between 4°C and 5°C of warming, can we really afford to wait another five years before we even start to act on the Paris discussions?

Chinese Cities Will Not Become Greener Without a Decentralized and Smarter Taxation System

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In a recent visit to Xuzhou city, Jiangsu Province, a third tier Chinese city with nearly 10 million inhabitants and also a resource-exhausted city, we could not help but think what we would do and what we could achieve when facing the city's environmental and economic challenges.

The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Pope is to be commended for taking global climate change seriously, and for drawing more world attention to the issue. There is much about the encyclical that is commendable, but where it drifts into matters of public policy, I fear that it is -- unfortunately -- not helpful.

How Corporate Governance Affects Corporate Sustainability and Why It Matters

Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability | Posted 10.12.2015 | Business
Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability

Corporate governance is increasingly applied to an extended form of monitoring corporate activities that include the impact on society and the natural environment. This additional agenda can create tension and conflicting priorities among the traditional roles of shareholders.

COP21 Climate Change Summit Provides Litmus Test to Sino/American Commitment

Rachael Willis | Posted 10.27.2015 | Green
Rachael Willis

Historically there has been some contention between China and the US whenever the ghost of emissions past has raised its head. As China's economy has grown in recent years and its emissions consequently risen in tandem, the US had insisted that they be responsible for the greatest cuts.

Legacy Litmus Test

Edward Flattau | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

Whether any of Obama's legacy-related initiatives would benefit the nation is irrelevant for Republicans in Congress' bitterly partisan atmosphere. Nor does it make any difference if Obama's ideas were borrowed from Republicans or were previously supported by the GOP.

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

This minimalist approach will allow diverse forms of linkage to arise, among what will inevitably be highly heterogeneous INDCs, thereby advancing the dual objectives of cost effectiveness and environmental integrity in the international climate policy regime.

Lesson Learned From Rebuilding New Orleans: Consider Our Changing Climate

Vicki Arroyo | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Vicki Arroyo

Ten years ago this week, my hometown was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. My mother's, sister's, and other family members' homes were destroyed by the floodwaters. We all wondered: Could our unique and beloved city survive--and thrive again?

Cynical Opportunists

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

In the eyes of anti-big government Republicans, the EPA is a bureaucratic overreaching economic scourge that needs to be drastically scaled down if not dispensed with altogether. The hypocrisy of some Republican politicians in dealing with the EPA is breathtaking.

The Time Is Now for ASEAN to Push Toward Environmental Crime Accountability

Rachael Willis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Rachael Willis

What really happened in Tianjin is the result of a creeping environmental disaster unfolding across the globe, particularly in Southeast Asia, and it reflects the magnitude of the challenge that the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations face.

McCain's Sellout

Edward Flattau | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Edward Flattau

It was sad to see Senator John McCain in a recent floor speech publically shed the last vestiges of his pro-environmental maverick identity. It was an identity that reached its apex two decades ago, when he was frequently urging his conservative-minded party to follow him into green pastures.

How is Economic Slowdown and Environmental Degradation Democratizing China?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

While many discuss whether some signs of environmental improvement result from economic slowdown, and less intensive use of natural resources, or from successful pro-green regulations, we argue that a much deeper transformation is happening across China.

LULAC Asks Congress to Save Land and Water Conservation Fund

Brent A. Wilkes | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Brent A. Wilkes

Sometimes it's easy to take things for granted. We may spend a Saturday with our families at a soccer game or cookout in a park, not always thinking about the peaceful setting we are in or how it came to be set aside for the public to use and enjoy.