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Federal appeals court requires Michigan to deliver water to Flint

“[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision on Friday, requiring the state of Michigan to provide bottled water to the citizens of Flint. The court affirmed a ruling that required the state of Michigan to provide water to households without water filters. Michigan… Continue Reading

EPA Launches Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Website

Clean Water Act Approved Jurisdictional Determinations – “This site is currently in beta testing. Please send us your feedback. See the Frequent Questions for more information. This website presents information on approved jurisdictional determinations (JDs) made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water… Continue Reading

Magnitude of space junk is a legal, environmental and transportation issue

Our future is in ruins: the archaeology of space, satellites and orbital junk – James Purtill: “Next year will mark six decades of space travel. Orbiting above us are more than one hundred million pieces of debris from this age of exploration – everything from specks of paint and flecks of plastic, to the tool… Continue Reading

Globe at Night – international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution

“Globe at Night is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure & submit their night sky brightness observations. It’s easy to get involved – all you need is computer or smart phone & follow these 5 Simple Steps!” Continue Reading

NOAA’s 2016 Arctic Report Card: Visual highlights

“Now in its 11th year, the Arctic Report Card, released today at the annual American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco, is a peer-reviewed report that brings together the work of 61 scientists from 11 nations who report on air, ocean, land and ecosystem changes. It is a key tool used around the world… Continue Reading

bioGraphic – Revealing Nature – Inspiring Solutions – Biodiversity

“bioGraphic is powered by the California Academy of Sciences, a renowned scientific and educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and sustaining life on Earth.” Please stop by now and then and you will be inspired with what you see and what you learn about nature on this site. There is so much we need to… Continue Reading

Open Data Network

Via Socrata – Publish data and share. Find data and build. Answer questions. Search Data Categories that include: finance, public safety, infrastructure, environment, demographics, transportation, economy, health, education, housing & development, social services, politics and recreation. Users may use an API or link to the host data. Continue Reading

EPA Report – Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas

U.S. EPA. Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States (Final Report). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-16/236F, 2016. “This final report provides a review and synthesis of available scientific information concerning the relationship between hydraulic fracturing activities and drinking water… Continue Reading

From Responsibility to Cost-Effectiveness to Litigation: The Evolution of Climate Change Regulation and the Emergence of Climate Justice Litigation

Nwapi, Chilenye, From Responsibility to Cost-Effectiveness to Litigation: The Evolution of Climate Change Regulation and the Emergence of Climate Justice Litigation (December 2016). In Randall Abate, ed, Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (Washington, DC: Environmental Law Institute, 2016) at 517-542. Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2876777 “A review of climate… Continue Reading

Energy Dept. survey by Trump transition targets staff on climate issues

Washington Post: “The transition team has asked department officials to identify which employees have worked on forging an international climate pact, raising concerns that Donald Trump’s team may be singling out people who have helped implement certain policies under President Obama….The Trump transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department,… Continue Reading

U.S. raises bar on seafood imports to further curb illegal fishing, fraud

NOAA – December 8, 2016:  “Today, the U.S. established additional protections for the national economy, global food security, and the sustainability of our shared ocean resources. NOAA Fisheries will administer the Seafood Import Monitoring Program to further curb Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing practices and to identify misrepresented seafood imports before they enter the… Continue Reading

National Intelligence Council – Global Trends 2030

“Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds is the fifth installment in the National Intelligence Council’s series aimed at providing a framework for thinking about the future. As with previous editions, we hope that this report will stimulate strategic thinking by identifying critical trends and potential discontinuities. We distinguish between megatrends, those factors that will likely occur… Continue Reading