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Category Archives: Environmental Law

Where Did Trump Get the Idea That Americans Have the Cleanest Water?

Slate – “It was overshadowed among Donald Trump’s other outrageous claims in Thursday’s debate, but once again the president asserted that Americans enjoy the cleanest water in the world. “We have done an incredible job environmentally, we have the cleanest air, the cleanest water, and the best carbon emission standards that we’ve seen in many,… Continue Reading

Policy making in a digital world – How data and new technologies can help government make better policy

Institute for Government – UK: Policy making in a digital world – How data and new technologies can help government make better policy 23 October 2020. “Policy makers across government lack the necessary skills and understanding to take advantage of digital technologies when tackling problems such as coronavirus and climate change. This report says already… Continue Reading

The geography of environmental toxins in the District of Columbia

DC Policy Center – Living in a toxin-free environment is essential to people’s mental and physical health. Being exposed to chemicals from pollution in soil, air, and water has wide ranging health effects including acute asthma symptoms, hormone disruption, decreased mental ability, and cancer. A U.S. national environmental quality index determined that there are over… Continue Reading

How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

The New York Times – “Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived. “It isn’t easy to say that anything has truly “gone extinct.” For starters, an untold number of creatures — especially teensy, nocturnal or otherwise cryptic ones — have… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports – What’s Really in Your Bottled Water?

“CR recently tested 47 bottled waters, including 35 noncarbonated and 12 carbonated ones. “For each product, we tested two to four samples. The tests focused on four heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury), plus 30 PFAS chemicals, which pose special concerns because they can linger in the environment almost indefinitely.  The federal government has… Continue Reading

Wildfires, Global Climate Change, and Human Health

New England Journal of Medicine:  “The world has already observed many devastating effects of human-induced climate change. A vivid manifestation is the several large wildfires that have occurred recently — in some cases, fires of unprecedented scale and duration — including wildfires in Australia in 2019 to 2020, the Amazon rainforest in Brazil in 2019… Continue Reading

Want to discover world’s top wildlife habitats? This website has them all

BirdLife International: “Where can you find out about the world’s most important sites for nature, and the reasons for their significance? The Key Biodiversity Area Partnership is delighted to announce the launch of its new website, containing everything you need to know about all 16,000 sites…13 of the world’s leading conservation institutions, including BirdLife International,… Continue Reading

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll

“The World Risk Poll is the first ever global study of worry and risk across the world.  The poll was conducted by Gallup as part of its World Poll, and is based on interviews with over 150,000 people, including those living in places where little or no official data exists, yet where reported risks are… Continue Reading

Judge Amy Coney Barrett: HerJurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court

CRS report via LC – Judge Amy Coney Barrett: Her Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court, October 6, 2020: “On September 26, 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to the Supreme Court of the United States… Continue Reading