2019

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EPA Will Not Require Financial Assurances From Electric Power Sector

Clean Energy Law

EPA’s decision to forego financial requirements will likely face opposition by eNGOs. By Claudia M. O’Brien and Stacey L. VanBelleghem. On July 2, 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposed decision not to impose new financial responsibility requirements on the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution industry under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), following nearly a decade of lit

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2018 Annual NEPA Report Available

NAEP Leadership Blog

The National Association of Environmental Professionals' (NAEP's) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Practice is pleased to present our eleventh NEPA Annual Report. This report contains summaries of NEPA developments during 2018 as well as the NEPA Practice’s efforts for the past year. This annual report is prepared and published through the initiative and volunteer efforts of members of the NAEP’s NEPA Practice.

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Implementing a Sustainable Business Strategy

Environment Blog

Consumers want to do business with firms that are more sustainable and you probably know that your employees want you to go in that direction too. Becoming more eco-friendly or green doesn’t have to cost a fortune or require revamping everything you do. Nor should it be mere window-dressing (a strategy labelled as greenwashing) if you want to reap the benefits of a better public profile.

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Degradable vs Biodegradable vs Compostable

Onya

Why choose Certified Compostable over Degradable or Biodegradable? Quite simply, certified compostable is the only option of these three that breaks down into natural components and does not leave harmful microplastics in the environment and food chain. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, which can be very confusing, and often when used in a commercial setting it can be what is referred to as “green-washing”, where it is claimed that just because a product is labeled as e

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets.

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What is bitcoin and how does it work?

New Scientist

Bitcoin is a digital currency which operates free of any central control or the oversight of banks or governments. Instead it relies on peer-to-peer software and cryptography.

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10 Ways to Find Time to Go Green at Work

Eco Coach

No time to implement that going green project that you’ve been thinking of? Great news! There really are relatively simple ways to find time in your workday to focus on that project. A going green – or environmental sustainability – project doesn’t need to take up a lot of time, and when you have a lot of tasks on your to do list, that is a good thing.

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Better policy monitoring required to underpin decarbonisation

Environmental Europe

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25) is currently underway. The success of the Paris Agreement depends on the effective monitoring of climate policy measures. Political scientists at TU Darmstadt explain in a new study what it takes to achieve this. The signatories of the 2015 Paris Agreement not only agreed to limit global warming to well below two degrees, but each country also put forward concrete measures to reduce greenhouse gases and secure financial support.

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Louisiana Investment Adviser Update • Top 10 Advisers in Louisiana • SEC Issues New Proxy Guidance for Advisers

The Energy Law Blog

Top 10 Louisiana Advisers For this edition, I thought that we would look at the top ten SEC registered investment advisers within the State of Louisiana. The SEC publishes a comprehensive database that captures all information submitted by advisers in their Form ADV’s. There is a total of 55 advisers registered with the SEC in Louisiana. Using this data, we came up with a list of the top Louisiana registered investment advisers by assets under management (“AUM”) and by number of accounts.

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Why Atomic Humanism Will Triumph Over Climate Apocalypse

Environmental Progress

Last Sunday, hundreds of pro-nuclear people in 33 cities around the world stood up for nuclear energy as a crucial technology to achieve the goals of universal prosperity and environmental protection. The positive, peaceful, and humanistic “Stand Up for Nuclear” events stood in sharp contrast to the violent protests by Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists who blocked the London subway system three days earlier.

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Brazilian court orders Vale to pay for worst industrial accident in Brazil’s history

Corp Watch

A Brazilian judge has ordered Vale to compensate families of some 300 people killed at the company’s Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine when a dam built to hold waste collapsed on January 25, 2019, near the town of Brumadinho in the state of Minas Gerais.

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Implementing D.E.J.I. Strategies in Energy, Environment, and Transportation

Speaker: Antoine M. Thompson, Executive Director of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition

Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion (DEJI) policies, programs, and initiatives are critically important as we move forward with public and private sector climate and sustainability goals and plans. Underserved and socially, economically, and racially disadvantaged communities bear the burden of pollution, higher energy costs, limited resources, and limited investments in the clean energy and transportation sectors.

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CEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development

Clean Energy Law

2018 Year in Review: Public agencies prevailed in 65% of CEQA cases analyzed. By James L. Arnone , Marc T. Campopiano , Christopher W. Garrett , and Lucinda Starrett. Over the course of 2018, Latham & Watkins lawyers reviewed all 57 California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) cases, both published and unpublished, that came before California appellate courts.

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How A Small School In Rural Zambia Will Finally Get Electricity

Planet Save

The post How A Small School In Rural Zambia Will Finally Get Electricity appeared first on PlanetSave. I went back to see for myself. Had the solar lights I brought with me in 2014 made a difference? Well, not many of the lights were still operational, but. [Read full article] The post How A Small School In Rural Zambia Will Finally Get Electricity appeared first on PlanetSave.

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Eco Friendly Products

Environment Blog

We all now know that we need to change our ways in order to protect our planet and ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy a good quality of life. The best way to do this is use less, throw less away and try to minimise our energy use. When we do buy something we should try to make sensible choices about what it is, how it is processed and how it is transported and packaged.

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Climate Strike Perth, Western Australia

Onya

Why strike for climate? At Onya, we believe that all of us benefit from living in a healthy, stable climate. As a certified B Corporation, being socially and environmentally responsible is incredibly important to us so we’re proud to announce that on 20 September 2019 here at Onya it was not business as usual as we supported our employees to get involved and participate in the Global Climate Strike happening in Perth.

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

As households and communities across the nation face challenges such as hurricanes, wildfires, drought, extreme heat and cold, and thawing permafrost and flooding, we are increasingly searching for ways to mitigate and prevent climate impacts. During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including: The two paths for climate action: decarbonization and adaptation.

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Quantum physics

New Scientist

Quantum physics underlies how atoms work, and so why chemistry and biology work as they do. You, me and the gatepost – at some level at least, we’re all dancing to the quantum tune.

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The End Is Not Near, But If An 'Insect Apocalypse' Ever Happens, How Would We Know?

Science Blogs

The End Is Not Near, But If An 'Insect Apocalypse' Ever Happens, How Would We Know? Insects scuttle, chew and fly through the world around us. Humans rely on them to pollinate plants, prey on insects that we don’t get along with, and to be movers and shakers for Earth’s ecosystems. It’s hard to imagine a world without insects. That’s why news reports in recent months warning of an “ insect apocalypse ” sparked widespread alarm.

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CER: A new acronym, but much the same old NEB for landowners

Law of the Lands

AS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN THE RURAL VOICE : The Federal Government’s Bill C-69, legislation “to modernize” the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, was passed by Parliament and received Royal Assent in June, 2019. The new Canadian Energy Regulator Act , which replaces the National Energy Board Act , came into force on August 28, 2019.

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Innovative Ways Environmental Engineers Are Fighting Air Pollution

AAEE

Global economy spends more than a whopping $5 trillion on annual basis in indoor and outdoor combat against air pollution. With every human made war, there is a human thought solution. Thus, air engineering has taken a stance forward towards researching and performing tasks that understand, monitor, regulate and solve air pollution. Glasgow, The ‘Sens(e)ible’… The post Innovative Ways Environmental Engineers Are Fighting Air Pollution appeared first on AAEE.net - Environmental Engineering.

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Sustainability at Retail

Sustainability impacts every nation, company, and person around the world. So much so that, in 2015, the United Nations (UN) issued a call for action by all countries to work toward sustainable development. In response to this and as part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address these critical issues in this white paper.

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Liskow & Lewis Celebrates 15th Annual Black History Month Program with Ruby Bridges and Judge Brian Jackson

The Energy Law Blog

Liskow & Lewis celebrated Black History Month with Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to integrate an elementary school in the South, and Judge Brian Jackson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (and a former Shareholder at Liskow & Lewis). While practicing at Liskow, Judge Jackson initiated the firm’s first formal celebration of Black History Month, a tradition which is now in its 15 th year.

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A Scientific Perspective on EPA’s Proposal to Weaken Performance Standards for New Coal-fired Power Plants

Columbia Climate Law

The Petra Nova carbon capture facility in Texas. This week, the Sabin Center and a group of scientists with expertise on carbon capture and sequestration (“CCS”) technologies submitted comments on EPA’s proposal to weaken the CO 2 performance standards for new coal-fired power plants. As discussed in a previous blog post , the current standards, which were promulgated in 2015, reflect the emissions reductions that can be achieved by using post-combustion CCS technologies to capture and stor

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RWE’s Garzweiler Open Pit Coal Mine Stormed by Climate Activists in Germany

Corp Watch

Hundreds of climate activists broke through a police line at RWE’s Garzweiler lignite coal mine in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, demanding government take action against climate change. The protesters successfully halted operations for 45 hours by occupying the mine and chaining themselves to train tracks.

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Oregon’s LCFS Program

Clean Energy Law

High Court’s action clears pathway for low-carbon fuel standard programs. By Joshua T. Bledsoe , Kimberly D. Farbota , and Brian F. McCall. On May 13, 2019, the US Supreme Court denied certiorari in American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), et al., v. O’Keeffe, et al ( O’Keeffe ), effectively affirming a US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decision that upheld the constitutionality of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program (CFP).

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How A Small School In Rural Zambia Will Finally Get Electricity

Planet Save

The post How A Small School In Rural Zambia Will Finally Get Electricity appeared first on PlanetSave. I went back to see for myself. Had the solar lights I brought with me in 2014 made a difference? Well, not many of the lights were still operational, but. [Read full article]. The post How A Small School In Rural Zambia Will Finally Get Electricity appeared first on PlanetSave.

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How to Spread the Word About Climate Change

Environment Blog

Climate change has never been more relevant – global warming is impacting everything we do, from the food we eat and the transport we use to the homes we live in, our family and friends, and the air we breathe. With the media finally starting to focus more on how serious this issue is, there’s an increasing number of people becoming invested in working to save our planet and help the environment.

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Big Climate Win Down Under: Australian Court Blocks Coal Mine Citing Negative Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Law Columbia

Photo of scenic Gloucester Valley by Groundswell Gloucester. By Dena Adler. A groundbreaking ruling will break no new ground for a proposed Australian coal mine. On February 8, 2019, the Land & Environment Court of New South Wales upheld the government’s denial of an application by Gloucester Resources Limited to construct an open cut coal mine in New South Wales (NSW).

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Alzheimer's disease

New Scientist

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, in which people become forgetful and confused, usually starting in older age. People with the disease have a build-up of two kinds of protein clumps in the brain: amyloid and tau.

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Late 2018 — Bits and Pieces

Smith Enviorment

January 30, 2019. A fall trip to South Africa, followed closely by the holidays, made October-December something of a blur. Leopard: Thornybush Game Preserve (photo G.Whaley). Leopards, lions, and zebra – oh my! Also elephants, giraffes, rhinos (of the non-political variety), Cape buffalo, baboons, uninvited monkeys at lunch, hippos, wildebeests, hyenas, warthogs and an unexpected (to me) penguin colony.

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It’s time to part ways - breaking up co-ownership of property

Law of the Lands

AS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN THE RURAL VOICE : In Ontario, the Partition Act allows a co-owner of property to apply to the Court to break up the co-ownership. If two or more parties own a piece of land, and one wants out, that co-owner is generally entitled either to an order dividing the property itself or, more often, an order requiring the sale of the jointly held property and the division of the proceeds.

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The EU-MERCOSUR Deal: A Litmus Test for Resolving the Growing Paradox of Development and Conservation

Vermont Law

“Ladies and gentlemen, in the search for prosperity, we are adopting policies that bring us closer to other countries which have. developed themselves and consolidated their democracies. There can be no political freedom without there also being economic freedom. And vice-versa. The free market, concessions and privatization are already a reality in Brazil.”. – President Bolsonaro at opening of the 74. th.

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City of New Orleans Sues Oil and Gas Companies for Allegedly Damaging Coastal Wetlands

The Energy Law Blog

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the City of New Orleans filed a lawsuit in Civil District Court against eleven oil and gas companies seeking damages for alleged harm to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Introducing its lawsuit with statements that “New Orleans is imperiled” and its “people are in danger,” the City contends that the defendants’ failure to maintain access canals, spoil banks, and earthen pits created in the course of exploration and production has destroyed the coastal zone.

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New book chapter in ‘Achieving the SDGs through sustainable food systems’

Dario Piselli

It is now possible to buy the edited volume ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals Through Sustainable Food Systems‘, published by Springer Nature and edited by Riccardo Valentini, John Sievenpiper, Marta Antonelli and Katarzyna Dembska. Through an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach, this book tries to offer a comprehensive analysis of the main challenges in delivering sustainable Continue reading "New book chapter in ‘Achieving the SDGs through sustainable

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Citizen Suits and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans

Environmental Crimes

Enforcement by the USEPA is down by just about any metric measuring the enforcement of environmental laws. This has left an enforcement void.  But that void is being partially filled.  Environmental groups and enterprising plaintiffs’ firms are now using the citizen suit provisions of the Clean Water Act as a business model. And it seems that California is leading the way.  Numerous sixty-day notices have been served on businesses.  In one instance, the requested damages

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Air District Targets Southern California Logistics Industry

Clean Energy Law

A local air district is developing a rule that would require both existing and proposed warehouses to reduce trucking emissions or pay a mitigation fee. By Joshua T. Bledsoe. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD or District) is developing a so-called Indirect Source Rule (ISR) that would require Southern California warehouses to reduce emissions associated with trucking activity and on-site equipment.

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