2016

Nature Directives ‘Fit for Purpose’: a turning point for EU policy dismantling?

Environmental Europe

The 28 EU Commissioners met today to decide the fate of the EU’s Nature Directives (the 1979 Birds Directive and 1992 Habitats Directive). Would these two directives, the cornerstone of EU biodiversity legislation, be deemed ‘fit for purpose’ or would they be revised and potentially weakened?

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Eco Lawyers

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Reporting on COP: Just Peace through Climate Action

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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Jenny Leech. Display at India’s COP Pavilion. This year, the COP demonstrated the priority of climate justice by recognizing the first official. Climate Justice Day. on the UNFCCC Programme.

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Lessons from European Climate Monitoring Crucial for Paris Agreement Success

Environmental Europe

As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in Marrakech draws to a close, it is becoming increasingly clear that credible monitoring and transparency procedures are urgently needed.

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Erskine Fire Kern County

Eco Lawyers

At about 4:00 pm on June 23, 2016, an aggressive fire exploded near Lake Isabella in Kern County. Dubbed the Erskine Fire, up to 80 homes were destroyed within the first 4 hours of it burning with 2,500 acres being consumed.

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Seventh PCB Lawsuit Against Monsanto

Eco Lawyers

LONG BEACH, Calif. Today, the City of Long Beach, Gomez Trial Attorneys , and Baron & Budd filed the seventh lawsuit of its kind against Monsanto for PCB contamination of Long Beach’s city storm water and the Port of Long Beach.

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Heathrow expansion in the shadow of Brexit

Environmental Europe

After decades of debate on where – and whether – to expand airport capacity in south-eastern England, the UK government announced two days ago that it would favour building a third runway at Heathrow Airport. This option, highly criticised on environmental grounds (notably due to the air pollution caused by road transport to the airport) has been presented by Prime Minister Theresa May as key to show the world that the UK is ‘open for business’ after Brexit.

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Reporting on COP: Are Human Rights Lost and Damaged?

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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Jonas Reagan. Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. Loss and Damage. L&D) includes the permanent loss of land, culture, and human life and will escalate existing tensions over increasingly scarce resources. This tension will ultimately incite conflict in many parts of the world.

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Reporting on COP: Backbone of the Paris Agreement has undertones in ICAO’s CORSIA scheme

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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Miranda Jensen. International aviation emissions are not explicitly addressed under the Paris Agreement, but their successful regulation nevertheless relies on the same elements of transparency and global stocktake as in Articles 13 and 14 of the Agreement. Jos Delbeke offers his perspective on ICAO’s CORSIA at COP22.

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Reporting on COP: Human Mobility in the Face of 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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Beth Bootz. In the face of these threats, the COP has taken action. At the end of COP21, decision. 1/CP.21.

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Reporting on COP: Opening the scope of NDCs – “Blue Opportunities”

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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Roxana-Andreea Mastor. Julio Cordano on behalf of Chile emphasized the implementation gap now present in the Paris Agreement. Although the oceans are included in the. Paris Agreement. there has been no implementation endeavor.

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Reporting on COP: Farming for the Future – Climate Change and Food Security

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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Tori Scozzaro. The United Nations weather agency recently announced that the past five years have been the. hottest on record. with increasing evidence showing that this is man-made climate change. Thus, the urgency for solutions increases here at COP22 where the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (. UNFCCC. )

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Reporting on COP: Using the Paris Agreement to Incorporate Indigenous Peoples Knowledge into Climate Change Policies

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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Hannah Solomon. One panelist’s presentation stood out in particular. Kittisak Rattanakrajangsri. , a panelist from the. Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact Foundation. AIPP), presented on holistic land use and the livelihoods of indigenous peoples. Kittisak told the story of the Pgakeuyaw people in Thailand.

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Reporting on COP: Finding Balance – The Future of Gender and Climate Change Under the UNFCCC

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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Amy Pickering. Women disproportionately experience the. harmful effects. of climate change. The majority of the world’s poor are women, and more women rely on climate vulnerable natural resources for their livelihood.

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Reporting on COP: Hurricane Matthew Underscores the Importance of Loss & Damage for Haiti and the Developing World Under 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 COP22 Observer Delegation. By Beth Bootz. Dieu Nalio Chery/Associated Press. Earlier [in October], Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction, ravaging Haiti and the southeastern coast of the United States. In Haiti, the. death toll. is uncertain, with some estimates in the hundreds or thousands of people.

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A 133 Billion Pound Burden—Who’s Doing the Heavy Lifting?

Vermont Law

Summary. Good samaritan food laws across the country provide liability protection for those who donate food. Unfortunately, families who depend on such donations pay a dramatic cost if they become ill because of simple negligence. Sarah Munger. In 2010, the United States wasted an estimated 133 billion pounds of post-harvest food. Of that, 43 billion pounds of waste occurred in the retail sector and 90 billion pounds occurred at the consumer level.

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The Power of Policy

Vermont Law

Summary. While many law students graduate and become litigators, judges, or an attorney who plays another role in the judicial branch, some law students set their sights on the other two branches of government – the legislative and executive branches. We need lobbyists and policy advisors to assist our legislators so that the science necessary to make effective environmental rules and regulations can be codified. By Elizabeth Smith.

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Stranded Assets v. the Social Cost of Carbon: The Tortured Economics of Climate Change

Vermont Law

Summary. : If there is one thing the fossil fuel industry, the government, and climate change activists might agree on it is this: in the end it all comes down to money. Oil, gas and coal companies, and their investors, are terrified of leaving fossil fuels in the ground. As to issue of climate change as a whole, the industry is providing a product utilized by everyone, and companies like Exxon posit that they, and their investors, will be paying the full burden when all comes to bear.

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Using the Free Market to Affect Change: An Argument for Environmental Taxes

Vermont Law

The past two years have yielded unprecedented executive and regulatory engagement in the climate change discussion. In November 2014, the United States and China—two of the world’s most significant emitters—. jointly committed. to reducing their carbon emissions. In August 2015, the Obama administration announced the. Clean Power Plan. which will implement national standards to govern carbon pollution from power plants.

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Home-Rule Hope: A Community Guide to Keeping Hydraulic Fracturing Off Local Property

Vermont Law

Summary. : In 2011, the city of Munroe Falls, Ohio sought to prevent Beck Energy Corporation from drilling until the company complied with the city’s relevant municipal ordinances. The citizens voted to create an ordinance that would ban hydraulic fracturing from the city’s territory. Subsequent cases challenged such ordinances, and such cases attempted to answer whether the city’s ordinances were a valid exercise of the city’s home-rule power.

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Anti-Green-Washing-Soft-Policy: A Comparison of Transnational Eco-Labeling

Vermont Law

By Gabriela Steier and Madhvvi Mehta. What are Eco-Labels? Eco-labels are soft-policy examples of progressive environmental policy with a consumer-empowering component. In fact, eco-labels illustrate powerful tools of consumer-driven environmental protection and show that green-washing can be stopped through soft law approaches. ISO standards. ,

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Wyoming’s Data Trespass Laws Trample First Amendment Rights: A Preview

Vermont Law

Summary. : In 2015, the Wyoming Legislature passed two new laws creating criminal and civil causes of action for trespassing to collect resource data. Over the last year, the laws have undergone intense public scrutiny, culminating with several NGOs suing Wyoming to have the laws repealed on First Amendment grounds for restricting environment-based speech. By Hannah Solomon. Wyoming just criminalized citizen science,” the media. declared.

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Hope Remains with GMO Food Labeling Efforts

Vermont Law

By Bonnie Smith. On the evening of July 7—one week after Vermont celebrated its labeling law for genetically engineered (GE) foods going into effect—the U.S. Senate voted 63-30 to approve a federal GE food “labeling” bill. Today, the House of Representatives voted 306-117 to approve the bill. Unfortunately for Vermont and any other state that wants GE products labeled, the bill seeks to preempt states from having the authority to regulate the labeling of GE foods (as well as GE seeds).

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HEAT UP THOSE LEFTOVERS, NOT THE PLANET

Vermont Law

Summary. Food waste is a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. By encouraging food donation and streamlining food-recovery policies the federal government can build a national framework to combat the massive accumulation of food waste and begin to change people’s food-waste habits. By Bonnie Smith. Every year Americans punt enough food to fill 730 football. stadiums. Imagine 730 football stadiums brimming with rotting food.

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Climate Justice and International Migration Issues: An intersectional approach

Vermont Law

Summary. With climate change looming in the background of all international affairs, issues involving economic justice are often not given appropriate consideration. Climate refugees are a reality and will increase in volume as the climatic changes continue to reshape our planet. The intersection of human rights and environmental law must be considered if international governmental bodies wish to effectively address these issues. By Mahmudul Hasan.

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Women Dominate Leadership Positions for UN Climate Change Negotiations

Vermont Law

Summary. Women have emerged as the most influential figures in the UN’s Convention on climate change. Female diplomats from Saudi Arabia and New Zealand have been elected to co-chair the fledgling APA, which develop guidelines pursuant to the recent Paris Agreement. By Bonnie Smith. Significantly, Christiana Figueres, affectionately nicknamed the “Climate Queen” at SB44, stepped down from her six-year tenure as Executive Secretariat of the UNFCCC and . welcomed Patricia Espinosa.

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SB44 – Next Steps After Paris

Vermont Law

Summary. Parties to the UNFCCC gathered over the last two weeks for their mid-year meeting in Bonn, Germany to attempt to translate the recent treaties into substantive government policies. At center stage, was the recent Paris Agreement and its future effects as the parties begin to merge its elements with the UNFCCC’s Kyoto protocol and other pre-2020 pledges. By Tracy Bach. The Paris Agreement seized the center stage for at least a third of SB44’s agenda, given the number of.

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Stewardship as a Social Value

Vermont Law

Summary. Conscious consumption is each individual’s responsibility. Understanding what we consume and how we facilitate the commoditization of life is a necessity if we are to promote the modification of social values to include holistic stewardship of our planetary resources. By Madhavi Venkatesan, PhD.

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Appalachia in Crisis: A Human Rights Approach to Environmental Justice in the U.S.

Vermont Law

Summary. This post originally appeared in the. Oxford Human Rights Blog. on April 18, 2016. The systemic collapse of the U.S. coal extraction industry has scarcely been of benefit to the subordinated Appalachian citizenry. However, tangible socio-legal progress may be achieved in the Appalachian region vis-à-vis a critical human rights approach to environmental justice issues. By Nicholas F. Stump. .

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Federal Fracking Waste Regulatory Commission, or Nah?

Vermont Law

Summary. Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is not well-regulated in the United States, even though regulations exist at federal and state/local levels. This author recently published an article in which he argues the need for a federal commission, similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to regulate fracking wastewater (link provided in the text below). The following is a taste of the author’s arguments from his article. By Curtis Morrison.

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Cyber(in)security: An Environmental Calamity Lying in Wait?

Vermont Law

Summary. Cyberattacks pose obvious threats to infrastructure and financial institutions, but they also create major environmental threats. Any dam, chemical plant, or nuclear power plant that uses computers is a savvy hacker away from being an environmental disaster. By Mark Latham. Cyberattacks occur today with alarming frequency. They can happen anywhere a computer performs some function, which today means any and everywhere.

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COP 21: A Kyoto Protocol Redux?

Vermont Law

Summary: Prior to the Conference of Parties in Paris, this blog shared weekly stories about the intricacies of the compact that would come from the Conference. The environmental law world buzzed with optimism as late November neared. Less than four months from the release of the Paris agreement, Professor Mark Latham does not share the optimism expressed by others.

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You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar: How the Tragic Death of One Lion May Provide Protection for Candidate Endangered Species and Answer Controversial Questions about Trophy Hunting

Vermont Law

Summary: . After Cecil the Lion was killed during a trophy hunt last summer, Congress proposed the CECIL Act. The CECIL Act has the potential to create a new layer of protection for candidate species. The study which is being requested as part of this bill may help determine whether or not trophy hunting actually benefits endangered species conservation. By Elizabeth Smith.

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Chemical Used to Make Teflon is Causing a Sticky Situation in West Virginia and Ohio

Vermont Law

Summary: An Ohio jury awards $1.6 million after finding DuPont liable for dumping toxic chemicals into drinking water near its Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a definitive standard allowable for the chemical, C8, in drinking water even though it is hazardous to human health, making it difficult to hold companies responsible for their actions. By Lauren Gates. On October 7, 2015, an Ohio jury awarded Carla Marie Bartlett $1.6

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