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Category Archives: Environmental Law

How to Repurpose Your Old Gadgets

Wired – Step away from the trash bin! There are plenty of ways to give old phones, laptops, and cameras a new life. “Electronic waste is a huge problem, one that’s getting worse: We’re now producing 21 percent more e-waste globally than we were five years ago. When it comes to gadgets like phones, your brand new model will likely be superseded in a year, and sometimes not even that. That’s why it’s worth thinking twice about what you do with your old gadgets whenever something new arrives. You might be surprised at how many ways you can repurpose an old piece of hardware, even if it’s several years old and has become too slow to fulfill its original function properly anymore. These are some of our favorite ideas, but there are more out there—with a little bit of imagination, you might be able to come up with something new…”

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

What everyone should know about ventilation and preventing Covid-19 Empty classroom, air ventilation

Quartz: “There is growing consensus that one of the primary ways the novel coronavirus spreads is through the air. That makes it risky to put a lot of people in a poorly ventilated space. As schools, offices, and businesses reopen, facilities managers are looking at one particular metric to gauge whether there’s an elevated risk… Continue Reading