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Category Archives: Environmental Law

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Via Google Recover Together: Help prevent drug misuse. Take back unneeded medications for safe disposal. Saturday, October 26. 10 AM-2 PM – Find a drug disposal location near you.

In addition to these Take Back Day locations, search Google Maps for “medication disposal near me” to see pharmacies, hospitals, police stations, and other locations that accept medication for disposal year-round. If you still can’t find a location, there are other options to remove such medications from your home such as mailback programs or following FDA instructions…”

New study pinpoints and maps the places most at risk on a warming planet

Grist: “As many as five billion people will face hunger and a lack of clean water by 2050 as the warming climate disrupts pollination, freshwater, and coastal habitats, according to new research published last week in Science. People living in South Asia and Africa will bear the worst of it. Climate activists have been telling… Continue Reading

Bird populations have crashed. Here’s what you can do to help.

Washington Post – “…A study by ornithologists and other scientists released last month told us bird populations have crashed. Since 1970, the United States and Canada have lost nearly 3 billion, close to 30 percent fewer individuals. The losses are across habitats and species, though hardest hit are birds that inhabit the grasslands from Texas north… Continue Reading

How Britain’s backyard bird feeders are shaping evolution

World Economic Forum – “Britain’s love affair with garden birds is reshaping its avian population. Several species have grown in number and overall diversity has increased, according to new research that explores the impact of the nation’s obsession with bird feeders. With at least half of all British households catering for the birds in their… Continue Reading

Paper – The effect of pollution on crime

The effect of pollution on crime: Evidence from data on particulate matter and ozone. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management – Available online 30 September 2019, 102267. In Press, Journal Pre-proof [paywall]. – “We estimate the effect of short-term air pollution exposure (PM2.5 and ozone) on several categories of crime, with a particular emphasis on… Continue Reading

‘Ultimate gift to future generations’: plan to laser map all land on Earth

UK Guardian – Project to record cultural, geological and environmental treasures at risk from climate crisis  – “A project to produce detailed maps of all the land on Earth through laser scanning has been revealed by researchers who say action is needed now to preserve a record of the world’s cultural, environmental and geological treasures. Prof… Continue Reading

Two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise

Auduban – Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink: “If we take action now, we can improve the chances for hundreds of bird species. By stabilizing carbon emissions and holding warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, 76 percent of vulnerable species will be better off, and nearly 150 species would no longer be vulnerable to… Continue Reading

The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America

The New York Times – See driving-related emissions in your metro area, road by road – “These findings come from a New York Times analysis of new data released through Boston University’s Database of Road Transportation Emissions. The database provides the most detailed estimates available of local on-road CO2 over the past three decades. The… Continue Reading

The Endangered Species Act and Climate Change: Selected Legal Issues

EveryCRSReport – The Endangered Species Act and Climate Change: Selected Legal Issues . September 20, 2019 R45926:”For more than a decade, federal agencies have grappled with how to address climate change effects when implementing the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). The ESA aims to protect threatened and endangered fish, wildlife, and plants from extinction.… Continue Reading