European summer droughts extreme since 2015

Successful Green

An international team studied the... The post European summer droughts extreme since 2015 appeared first on successful GREEN. Recent summer droughts in Europe are far more severe than anything in the past 2,100 years, according to a new study.

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Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical: The Environmental Reader’s Digest Version

Vermont Law

On May 24, 2015 Pope Francis used his. Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical: The Environmental Reader’s Digest Version. Summary: In his May encyclical, Pope Francis called for swift global action on climate change. He linked science, morality and church doctrine to do so. Now, citizens around the globe are taking action. By Ashton Roberts. encyclical.

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Butte Fire Lawyers

Eco Lawyers

On September 9, 2015, the massive Butte Wildfire raged in Amador and Calaveras counties for almost one month before being contained. Butte Fire Lawyers. Wildfire Legal Experts. HAVE YOU BEEN HARMED BY THE BUTTE FIRE?

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PCB Lawsuit Against Monsanto

Eco Lawyers

An explanation of our ?PCB? lawsuit against Monsanto, which we are litigating with Baron & Budd | Protecting What’s Right. The post PCB Lawsuit Against Monsanto appeared first on EcoLawyers. Blog Mosanto PCB Contamination PCB Lawsuit

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Ready for COP: Feet on the Ground: Low-Carbon Travel to Paris

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Annie Warner. “A

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Major 2015 wildfires in central Amazon killed a quarter of vegetation

New Scientist

Devastating wildfires that swept the central Amazon in 2015 caused a loss of around 27 per cent of vegetation in the region over the next three years

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Ready for COP: The Role of Gender in Climate Politics

Vermont Law

Finally, a 2015 study published in the. The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Sara Barnowski. Climate change is proven – the vast majority of the. scientific community. along with many. major businesses. and nearly every. major insurance provider. , all agree that climate change is having real impacts on the world today.

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Sounding the All (Nu)Clear: Restarting Japan’s Nuclear Plants Post-Fukushima Disaster

Vermont Law

In August 2015, the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant began its restart procedures, marking the beginning of the planned restart of the Japanese nuclear program and, likely, an eventual return to a more diversified energy portfolio. On August 11, 2015, the Kyushu Electric Power Company began the restart process on the No. Summary: The Fukushima Daiichi Disaster was a public health, environmental, and economic catastrophe, and Japan will feel its effects in those sectors for years to come.

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Ready for COP: No Red Lines, But a Green Light for Adaptation and Loss and Damage

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Annie Warner. At this morning’s Comité de Paris meeting, COP President Laurent Fabius channeled Nelson Mandela, saying: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” At tonight’s COP meeting, Parties adopted the. Paris Agreement. in a historical and long-awaited moment.

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Ready for COP: And Now We Wait…

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Sara Barnowski. Delegates and negotiators have worked around the clock for days (weeks, months, and years for some) to put together an agreement with prospects of being adopted. If everything goes according to plan, today, their efforts will come to fruition. COP21 President.

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Ready for COP: Salient Suggestions: Incorporating Oceans into the Paris Agreement

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Annie Warner. Source: Ocean for Climate. “We We are at a tipping point,” warned Angus Friday, Grenada’s Ambassador to the United States, in today’s side event on “The Importance of Addressing Oceans and Coasts in an Ambitious Agreement at the UNFCCC COP 21.”

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Ready for COP: Clambering Up the Tower of Babel to Reach the Paris Package

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Bonnie Smith. Delegate after delegate raises concerns and offers ideal solutions to a controversial draft text addressing the problem of climate change. Sometimes the delegates argue for half an hour over the meaning of a single word.

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Ready for COP: The Secret Weapon Against Climate Change? Family Planning

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Kelsey Bain. Additionally, last year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recognized for the first time the benefits of family planning for impacting climate change.

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Ready for COP: Economic growth and climate change

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Madhavi Venkatesan. Each generation inherits a world that was created out of beliefs contemporary and relevant to a certain time. These beliefs affect prevailing values; values, which become embedded within the framework of decision-making.

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“Almost no nation is stretching”

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Professor Tracy Bach. Despite these trends, McKibben concludes that COP21 “will be a way station in this fight, not a terminus.”

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Ready for COP: Saying Goodbye to Cultural Landmarks

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Kelsey Bain. Sea-level rise is an unavoidable threat. facing our planet in the coming century. Even avoiding increasing global temperatures above 2°C likely wont save us from a twenty-foot rise in sea-level by.

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Ready for COP: Growing Pains: Are GMOs an Adaptation Solution for Growing, Hungry Populations Affected by Climate Change?

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Bonnie Smith. Chronic hunger plagues. 805 million people worldwide. Although this is 100 million less than 10 years ago, the future of food security remains uncertain in the face of climate change. The world is growing, and so is the demand for food. World Resources Institute.

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COP21: Threat to Public Policy?

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Katherine Dressel. The European Union recently celebrated 30 years of the border-free. Schengen Area. , a crucial pillar of the European Single Market. Schengen cooperation guards the fundamental right of 400 million E.U. citizens to cross internal borders without being subjected to cumbersome border checks.

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The Dirty Truth of Michigan v. EPA

Vermont Law

A lot was at stake for EPA when this case went before the Court on March 25, 2015. Today, August 3, 2015, EPA issued a notice submitting the Clean Power Plan for. Summary: The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in . Michigan v. EPA. is a shift for this historically Clean Air Act-friendly Court. It is the first “anti-environmental” decision in the CAA realm since their 2007. Massachusetts v. ruling.

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Ready for COP: The Significance of Defined Consensus

Vermont Law

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation. By Madhavi Venkatesan, PhD. Given the defined divide in country specific stakeholders concerns, along with the lens of personal circumstances and beliefs, that promotes a heterogeneity of perspective among COP21 participants, the ultimate success in Paris may rely on the establishment of an agreeable definition of consensus.

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Scotland and Germany Use Updated European Union Policy to Ban Cultivation of Genetically Engineered Crops

Vermont Law

Summary: Following the European Union’s update of its policy on genetically engineered crops in March, Scotland and Germany became the first member states to use the policy to ban further cultivation of genetically engineered crops within their borders. With more member states likely to join Scotland and Germany in the wake of their bans, these new policies demonstrate a shift in how countries are thinking about the environmental effects of genetically engineered crops. By Andrew Minikowski.

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James Michener’s Chesapeake Bay Was A+

Vermont Law

The regulations were to take effect on February 2, 2015; however, Governor Hogan stopped implementation and, instead, proposes a less stringent plan of his own design. in Animal Law at Lewis and Clark Law School (2015). “And there is was, the Chesapeake — a magical place…where the fish wear precious shells!”. James Michener (1907-1997) — American Author & Pulitzer Prize Winner (1948). . Summary: The beauty and bounty of the Chesapeake Bay watershed has never been more at risk.

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Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management Releases Final Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing on Public and Tribal Lands

Vermont Law

On March 20, 2015 Secretary Sally Jewell of the Department of Interior held a press conference on the Bureau of Land Management’s final rule on hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands. Summary: The Depart of the Interior recently released its final rule on hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands. Because many states have no comprehensive fracking regulation in place, the federal rule will become the only governing authority in many parts of the country.

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Crushing Ivory for Elephant Conservation

Vermont Law

Summary: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service held its second Ivory Crush in Times Square in June. The event helped raise awareness about the illegal ivory trade, and the threat it still poses to African elephants. While interning in NYC, I was able to attend the event, and this post describes my experience, as well as why events like these are important for elephant conservation. By Brittany Wright.

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Nuclear Energy and Drought: A Recipe for Disaster

Vermont Law

Summary: Nuclear energy is one of the most debated subjects in the environmental policy and legal world. Questions that often arise are: Is it safe? Is it sustainable? Can it serve as a bridge to moving away from fossil fuels? However, what is often overlooked is the impact of nuclear power on our water systems, especially in drought prone areas. By Allen Smith. Many leading energy experts often deem nuclear an acceptable form of sustainable energy.

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United States v. Anaplex Corporation

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Anaplex Corporation. 05/14/2015. anderson@eli.org. Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:50. A settling CWA and RCRA defendant that discharged pollutants to a POTW and that violated regulations on the storage, disposal, and management of hazardous wastes at its electroplating facility in Paramount, California, must pay a $142,200 civil penalty, must undertake a rinsewater use evaluation, must implement ongoing pollution monitoring, and must report on hazardous waste handling measures

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United States v. Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Marathon Petroleum Corporation. 05/19/2015. anderson@eli.org. Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:52. A settling CAA defendant responsible for emissions violations at gasoline refineries and terminals in several states must pay a $2.9 million civil penalty, must retire 5.5 billion sulfur credits, and must make structural modifications to several of its fuel distribution terminals in environmental justice areas

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United States v. Enviro-Safe Refrigerants, Inc.

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Enviro-Safe Refrigerants, Inc. 05/14/2015. anderson@eli.org. Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:20. A settling CAA and Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program defendant that marketed and sold flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants as direct replacements for ozone-depleting substances without notification to EPA must pay a $300,000 civil penalty and must restrict future marketing activities to comply with SNAP regulations

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United States v. Jerome, Idaho, City of

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Jerome, Idaho, City of. 05/07/2015. anderson@eli.org. Fri, 05/15/2015 - 07:22. A settling CWA defendant that discharged pollutants from its POTW and sanitary sewer collection system, in violation of its NPDES permit, must pay an $86,000 penalty and must upgrade the capacity of its wastewater treatment facility

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United States v. Morgan-Skinner

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Morgan-Skinner. 05/01/2015. anderson@eli.org. Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:43

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United States v. Honolulu, Hawaii, City and County of

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Honolulu, Hawaii, City and County of. 05/12/2015. anderson@eli.org. Wed, 05/13/2015 - 07:59. A settling CAA defendant that failed to timely submit, install, and operate a design plan for a gas collection and control system at a landfill on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, must pay an $875,000 civil penalty and must implement a supplemental environmental project comprised of the installation and operation of a photovoltaic system at its waste-to-energy facility

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United States v. Tonawanda Coke Corp.

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Tonawanda Coke Corp. 05/11/2015. anderson@eli.org. Mon, 05/11/2015 - 08:06. A settling CAA, CWA, and EPCRA defendant responsible for violations at its facility in Tonawanda, New York, must pay a $2,750,000 civil penalty to the United States and New York, must perform a wetlands preservation supplemental environmental project valued at $357,143, must fund a $1,000,000 state-led environmental benefit project fund, and must perform injunctive relief

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Can Cities Decide What “Healthy” Means?

Vermont Law

Summary: Sacramento has called on Californians to reduce water usage as the state enters its fourth year of drought. While many parties bicker about how we should allocate water, municipalities have brought vanity into the arena. Many cities are willing to adopt new cutbacks, but others are reluctant to change appearance requirements in their zoning ordinances. Such hesitation places residents in a tug-of-war between Sacramento and their respective cities. By Joseph . Simpson.

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United States v. Lawrence, MA, City of

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Lawrence, MA, City of. 04/29/2015. anderson@eli.org. Tue, 05/05/2015 - 06:43. A settling CWA defendant that failed to comply with its NPDES and small municipal separate storm sewer system permits must undertake various measures to study and correct the permit violations in order to achieve compliance with the CWA and applicable regulations

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United States v. Merit Energy Company, LLC

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Merit Energy Company, LLC. 05/01/2015. anderson@eli.org. Tue, 05/05/2015 - 06:45. A settling CAA defendant that violated volatile organic compound regulations at an onshore natural gas processing plant in Kalkaska, Michigan, must pay an $850,000 civil penalty and must implement an enhanced leak detection and repair program as injunctive relief

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United States v. Lehigh Southwest Cement Company

Environmental Law Reporter

United States v. Lehigh Southwest Cement Company. 04/28/2015. anderson@eli.org. Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:08. Settling CWA defendants that released selenium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, nickel, thallium, and other pollutants into Permanente Creek from its cement manufacturing and limestone mining facility in Cupertino, California, must pay a $2,550,000 civil penalty to the United States and California and must install treatment for the pollutants described to come into compliance with the CWA

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The Dam(age) Stops Here: The Public Trust and Dam Removal

Vermont Law

. Summary: Unfortunately for many fish, dams are the end of the river. It doesn’t have to be that way: Dam removal is becoming more common across the country. However, the mechanisms for initiating dam removal are not always efficient. Current dam removal mechanisms are expensive, involve many parties, and can take several years to get the job done.

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Tiny Beads, Big Problem: Vermont Seeks to Ban Microbeads

Vermont Law

was first presented to the House on January 8, 2015. Summary: There may be tiny bits of plastic in your toothpaste. These small plastic pieces are part of many personal care products and are designed to wash down the drain. However, due to their non-biodegradable nature and miniscule size, the plastic pellets sail through wastewater treatment plants, enter water bodies, and cause persistent environmental damage.

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Ski Resort Rivers find a Friend at the ENRLC

Vermont Law

Summary: The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic is constantly involved in cases that benefit our environment locally and beyond. Rachel Stewart was a student clinician on the Jay Peak Stormwater team and worked to protect polluted rivers around Jay Peak Resort. The work of student clinicians and the staff at the ENRLC resulted in a beneficial ruling, which should improve the surrounding rivers. She shares this amazing learning experience that benefits students and our environment.

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A Tree is Uprooted in Brooklyn: No Land Security for New York City’s Community Gardeners

Vermont Law

Summary: New York City’s community gardens form an integral part of life in many of the City’s neighborhoods. However, many current community gardens are at risk of being “evicted” from the City land on which they are located. In order to promote the benefits of community gardening, the City should afford greater legal protections and security to community gardens. _. By Jack Hornickel.

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