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Category Archives: Environmental Law

Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan

“In response to today’s release of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Elisabeth Kruger, Arctic program officer and polar bear expert: “The plan shows the complexity of what it means to truly protect America’s most iconic Arctic species. It addresses the… Continue Reading

Researchers confirm ocean warming underestimated

Via The New Reddit Journal of Science – “…researchers [Zeke Hausfather, Kevin Cowtan, Dave Clarke, Peter Jacobs, Mark Richardson, Robert Rohde] who just published a new open access paper in Science Advances showing that ocean warming was indeed being underestimated, confirming the conclusion of a paper last year that triggered a series of political attacks.… Continue Reading

NYT – Falcons, Drones, Data: A Winery Battles Climate Change

Jackson Family Wines is among California winemakers employing both high-tech and old-school techniques to adapt to hotter, drier conditions: “On a misty autumn morning in Sonoma County, Calif., Katie Jackson headed into the vineyards to assess the harvest. It was late in the season, and an army of field workers was rushing to pick the… Continue Reading

House moves forward rules to ease constraints to sell federal lands

Washington Post: “House Republicans on Tuesday changed the way Congress calculates the cost of transferring federal lands to the states and other entities, a move that will make it easier for members of the new Congress to cede federal control of public lands. The provision, included as part as a larger rules package the House approved… Continue Reading

GAO Report on Climate Change

Climate Change: Improved Federal Coordination Could Facilitate Use of Forward-Looking Climate Information in Design Standards, Building Codes, and Certifications, GAO-17-3: Published: Nov 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2017. “The houses we live in, buildings we work in, and roads and bridges we use daily are supposed to be built to last—whatever the local forecast… Continue Reading

Over 1,000 American communities have four times the lead poisoning that Flint does

Sarah Lazare – December 30, 2016:  “Flint’s lead-poisoned water crisis, which erupted in 2014, shined a global spotlight on the dangerous confluence of austerity, poverty and environmental racism. A new in-depth investigation by Reuters finds that Flint is far from alone, with nearly 3,000 areas nationwide facing lead poisoning rates “at least double those… Continue Reading

American Trails Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program

Via Amy Camp and Cycle Forward – “Friends – every so often you see me post about American Trails Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program, which brings up to 16 young adults to the International Trail Symposium (this time, we’ll be in Dayton, Ohio – May 7-10, 2017) on scholarship. Here’s why this is important to me:… Continue Reading

Earthquake Track

“Earthquake Track was created to make understanding earthquakes easier. It contains information on earthquakes since the year 1900. New earthquakes usually appear on the site within a few minutes. All Earthquake Data Courtesy USGS” Today: 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Hawthorne, Nevada, United States Today: 5.6 magnitude earthquake near Nereju Mic, Vrancea, Romania See also related… Continue Reading

Paper – Spatiality of Environmental Law

Baaner, Lasse and Hvingel, Line Træholt, Spatiality of Environmental Law (2015). Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law, 2015. Available for download at SSRN: “Digital society challenges the traditional perception of legal sources. The use of maps as a basis for public administration dates far back, but e-Government’s use of digital maps that include… Continue Reading

Safe Flight: 100 Years of Protecting Birds

Nature Conservancy – Safe Flight: 100 Years of Protecting Birds, By David Mehlman, Illustrated by Teagan White “While millions of people in the United States now call themselves bird-watchers, our popular fascination with birds once had more to do with gunning them out of the sky than adding them to a life list. In the… Continue Reading

The Induced Earthquake Database

“The Induced Earthquake Database (TIED) is the largest and most up-to-date database of earthquakes proposed to have been induced or triggered by human activity. The data are freely available to view online or can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format for your own analysis. We endeavour to keep the database up to date and accurate.… Continue Reading

Pew – Most Americans favor stricter environmental laws and regulations

“More Americans say environmental regulations are “worth the cost” than say such regulations come at too steep a price, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. These views come amid speculation about what President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees may mean for future regulatory policy. A majority of U.S. adults (59%) say stricter environmental laws… Continue Reading