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Category Archives: Environmental Law

Confronting the ‘Climate Lehman Moment’: The Case for Macroprudential Climate Regulation

Steele, Graham, Confronting the ‘Climate Lehman Moment’: The Case for Macroprudential Climate Regulation Vol. 30 Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy 109 – forthcoming. “U.S. financial regulators have argued that the risks that climate change poses for large financial institutions are outside of their core regulatory mandate. This article argues that oversight of the… Continue Reading

Mehlman Castagnetti – America Decided – America’s Divided

PowerPoint – America Decided – America’s Divided – MAIN TAKEAWAYS “Voters wanted more competent but also more moderate leadership:  Trump lost for failing to manage COVID competently & excessive chaos / division  • House Democrats lost where voters feared overly-aggressive Progressivism Our nation remains narrowly & deeply divided: • Senate & House nearly tied, key… Continue Reading

How to Join a Community Garden

LifeHacker – “Gardening has always had its fair share of fans, but it’s another example of an activity—like baking, knitting, and doing puzzles—that has taken off even more since the COVID-19 outbreak began. Not only do some people find it relaxin; gardening also has mood-boosting and mental health benefits. Plus, at a time when everything… Continue Reading

Google Streetview shows social importance pedestrian friendly environment

University of Amsterdam – With Google Streetview and Deep Learning, researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Twente identified how the urban environment is linked to the vitality of social organisations and neighbourhoods. They conclude that, if an environment provides more space to pedestrians, this will be conducive to neighbourhood-based social organisations’… Continue Reading

USGS Unveils Mobile Flood Tool for the Nation

“A new mobile tool has been released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that they hope will protect more lives and property during natural disasters and weather hazards.  The USGS National Water Dashboard (NWD) can be accessed both on your computer and mobile device and will provide the most up-to-date information on flood forecasts, weather,… Continue Reading

BirdNET The easiest way to identify birds by sound

“What is BirdNET? How can computers learn to recognize birds from sounds? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Chemnitz University of Technology are trying to find an answer to this question. Our research is mainly focused on the detection and classification of avian sounds using machine learning – we want to assist experts and citizen scientist… Continue Reading

Trump administration buries dozens of clean energy studies

InvestigateWest [in collaboration with Grist] – “…Dan Simmons of the U.S. Department of Energy doesn’t appear to fully support renewables. In fact, he has presided over his agency’s systematic squelching of dozens of government studies detailing its promise. One pivotal research project, for example, quantifies hydropower’s unique potential to enhance solar and wind energy, storing… Continue Reading

Designers Show How They’d Redesign The Tidal Basin To Save It From Rising Sea Levels

DCist: “On Wednesday, a combination of non-profit organizations, companies, and design teams launched the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab, an online exhibit that presents new plans for building a more sustainable Tidal Basin. Originally intended to be an in-person exhibit, the project was shifted completely online, where visitors can submit feedback and ideas for the Tidal… Continue Reading

Report – Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Escaping the ‘Era of Pandemics’: Experts Warn Worse Crises to Come Options Offered to Reduce Risk – “The report also offers a number of policy options that would help to reduce and address pandemic risk. Among these are: Launching a high-level intergovernmental council on pandemic prevention to provide decision-makers with the best science and evidence… Continue Reading

The impact of President Trump’s energy dominance agenda

The Wilderness Society Action Fund – Four years later: Our public lands and waters under Trump — in 7 maps – “As President Trump’s term comes to an end, his energy dominance agenda has already left deep scars on our wildest places and on the health and well-being of communities across the nation. We’re taking… Continue Reading