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Public Trust Doctrine

The World Series, Public Trust Doctrine and Small Businesses

Ted De Barbieri | Posted 10.28.2015 | New York
Ted De Barbieri

For now, no one along the eastern side of 126th Street is making much money because of the World Series. We'll all have to wait and see whether that changes that in the near future, and how the public trust doctrine is interpreted to limit private development on public parks.

The Time To Save Our NYC Parks Is Now

Mark Ruffalo | Posted 06.04.2015 | New York
Mark Ruffalo

What makes a park a park? Ordinarily, that might be a question for a New York dinner party. Today, it is an urgent legal question before the New York Court of Appeals. As a Villager, I'm naturally concerned that any of our local parks could be wiped out to make way for more construction. Overall, our city is park-starved.

Nature's Trust (Part 4)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

If you accept that the principles on which American environmental law was based in the 1970s has been compromised and excepted subsequently to dilute protections, regulations, and enforcement to an unacceptable circumstance, then we have but one tactic to fall back on.

Nature's Trust (Part 3)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

As we consider how we will be able to change our behavior and somehow recoup the loss to our environment on land and sea, we come down to a basic conflict over ownership and control of our natural resources.

Nature's Trust (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

What would the American landscape look like if we had no legislation at all? Would it be habitable today? And why would we not take every possible step to defend against it happening again? Is there law on which such defense may depend?

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.

Lynne Peeples

Teens Take Politicians To Court Over Climate Change | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.21.2015 | Green

For politicians who fail to act on climate change, Kelsey Juliana has a few words. "I want to remind them that we are their employer," said Julian...

Children v. Dirty Business

William S. Becker | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green
William S. Becker

On May 11, a group of children will face off against the Obama administration and the NAM, arguing that common law requires governments to protect critical natural resources on behalf of current and future generations.

Who Owns The Air?

Posted 04.02.2012 | Green

From Russell McLendon and Mother Nature Network: If you enjoy public beaches, state parks or fishing piers, you can thank the sixth-century Roman e...