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Category Archives: Environmental Law

NOAA – Extreme Sea Level Rise and the Stakes for America

Climate Central: “Should a newly published sea level rise scenario come to pass, hundreds of American landmarks, neighborhoods, towns and cities would be submerged this century, at least in the absence of engineering massive, costly and unprecedented defenses and relocating major infrastructure. Ocean waters would cover land currently home to more than 12 million Americans… Continue Reading

U.S. Study Shows Widening Disconnect with Nature, and Potential Solutions

Yale 360 Environment: “A survey of 12,000 adults and children in the United States has shown that many people have lost a close connection with nature, although a wide cross-section of respondents expressed a desire to close that gap. The study, conducted by the public relations and marketing firm DJ Case and Associates in conjunction… Continue Reading

Success of decades-long federal program to clean up Chesapeake Bay threatened by EPA $73M funding cut

Yale Environment 360 – “President Donald Trump’s first budget would eliminate all of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $73 million in annual funding for restoring Chesapeake Bay. It is a radical break with decades of federal policy that ironically comes just when investment in the nation’s largest estuary appears to be paying off. “After decades… Continue Reading

Pew – Searching for News – The Flint water crisis

“During the long saga of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan – an ongoing, multilayered disaster that exposed about 100,000 residents to harmful contaminants and lead and left them even as of early 2017 advised to drink filtered or bottled water – local and regional audiences used online search engines as a way to both… Continue Reading

Daunting concept of species triage for countless endangered animals

Outside – “Professor Leah Gerber is one of the country’s leading proponents of what’s called species triage, a practice where conservationists use data and models to figure out how to spend our limited endangered species dollars as efficiently and effectively as possible. The practice has been used by governments in Australia and New Zealand, but… Continue Reading

Our World Transformed: Geopolitical Shocks and Risks

The Atlantic Council Report, April 2017  – “No one can be complacent about geopolitical risks these days. The shocks and surprises of the past few years show how easily assumptions about liberal markets, international relations, conflict, and democracy can be shaken. Geopolitical volatility has become a key driver of uncertainty, and will remain one over… Continue Reading

Axios – New Executive orders in the pipeline impact energy, environment, VA

Axios Sneak Peak: Here are the executive orders coming this week, per a White House source with direct knowledge: “Executive Order Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protections at the Department of Veterans Affairs”: “This Executive Order will establish, in the Department of Veterans Affairs, an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. The Office will help the… Continue Reading

Putting a value on injuries to natural assets: The BP oil spill

Putting a value on injuries to natural assets: The BP oil spill. Science  21 Apr 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6335, pp. 253-254. DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8124 “When large-scale accidents cause catastrophic damage to natural or cultural resources, government and industry are faced with the challenge of assessing the extent of damages and the magnitude of restoration that… Continue Reading

Trump Sued for Revoking Protections for Wolves, Bears in Alaska

Lawsuit Is First to Challenge Constitutionality of Congressional Review Act – “In the first constitutional challenge of its kind, the Center for Biological Diversity today sued the Trump administration for repealing protections for wolves, bears and other wildlife on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. President Trump signed legislation on April 3 — rushed through Congress under… Continue Reading

Arctic Ocean as a dead end for floating plastics in North Atlantic branch of Thermohaline Circulation

The Arctic Ocean as a dead end for floating plastics in the North Atlantic branch of the Thermohaline Circulation. Science Advances 19 Apr 2017: Vol. 3, no. 4, e1600582. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600582 “The subtropical ocean gyres are recognized as great marine accummulation zones of floating plastic debris; however, the possibility of plastic accumulation at polar latitudes… Continue Reading

Welcome to GlobalTreeSearch!

GlobalTreeSearch: The first complete global database of tree species and country distributions – “This article presents, for the first time, an overview of all known tree species by scientific name and country level distribution, and describes an online database—GlobalTreeSearch—that provides access to this information. Based on our comprehensive analysis of published data sources and expert… Continue Reading

How the Peril of Predators Can Transform a Landscape

Biologists are developing a deeper understanding of how the terror felt by prey creates a major — and greatly under-appreciated — behavioral dynamic that ripples through all kinds of ecosystems. By Jim Robbins, April 11, 2017, Yale Environment 360. “…The 1995 reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park led to seminal research on the ecology… Continue Reading