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ELI, UNEP, and Partners Launch Global Knowledge Platform for Environmental Peacebuilding
A new website providing users with free access to dozens of case studies as well as teaching and training materials on the role of natural resources in peacebuilding was launched by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Tokyo, and McGill University on November 6.
Launched on the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict, the website will serve as a global platform for sharing information, experiences, and learning on the linkages between natural resources, conflict, and peace. Click here to view the press release.
ELI has launched a new web platform for the Eco-Patent Commons. Eco-Patent Commons is a collection of patents pledged for royalty-free use by companies and intellectual property rights holders around the world to make it easier and faster to innovate and implement processes that improve and protect the global environment. In addition, ELI has assumed stewardship of Eco-Patent Commons as the chief administrator for the site.
Sun Ready to Set on Breaks for Coal-Based Liquid Fuels
A new ELI study finds that the federal government provided approximately $25.425 billion in financial support for coal production, transport, use, or waste disposal during the period 2002-2010. The majority of these dollars — $16.214 billion — are attributable to tax benefits. Of these tax benefits, the single largest category was the nonconventional fuels tax credit, providing $12.22 billion to coal. This credit is no longer available to producers of most coal-derived fuels and is set to sunset for all nonconventional fuels from coal by 2014, decreasing total coal support by 47 percent. The report focuses on federal government support for coal through direct spending and its equivalent in foregone revenue collection. Click here to view the press release.
Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools
A Handbook for Prioritizing Wetland and Stream Restoration and Protection Using Landscape Analysis Tools (2013), provides states, tribes, and local governments with information about the range of tools used by wetland programs across the country to prioritize wetlands and streams for restoration and protection. The handbook is intended to help guide the development, establishment, and refinement of approaches for identifying restoration and protection priorities. The strategic identification of high-value conservation and restoration sites can help to efficiently prioritize opportunities for compensation to offset permitted impacts to wetland and stream resources as well as voluntary non-regulatory protection and restoration efforts. Our research draws from interviews and the review of available documentation for 30 wetland and stream programs, comprising a total of 115 prioritization tools. These programs and tools represent a broad continuum of geospatial methods and data currently used in the U.S. to identify wetland and stream restoration or protection priorities at watershed or landscape scales. Click here to explore this project online.
States Make Significant Progress in Brownfield Remediation and Redevelopment
States across the country are reaping the benefits of years of experimentation with innovative new approaches to brownfields and petroleum brownfields remediation and redevelopment, according to a report released by the Environmental Law Institute. The study, Catalyzing Redevelopment: Innovative Approaches and Emerging Best Practices in State Petroleum Brownfield Initiatives, provides concrete examples of applied practices and programs currently in use throughout the nation, along with information about regulatory and procedural changes that states have successfully deployed. Click here to view the press release.
In Defense of the Equal Access to Justice Act
A new ELI report concludes there is no basis for rewriting the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). This long-standing law allows individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to recover their attorney fees when they prevail in court against the federal government. EAJA is used to vindicate a variety of federal rights, including Veterans Affairs and Social Security Disability benefits as well as environmental protection. Click here to view the press release.
Mid-Atlantic States Join Forces to Advance Offshore Wind Energy
ELI and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean have released a guide that provides an overview of the issues affecting offshore wind energy projects in the region and identifies the basic elements of state authority to address resource concerns and competing uses such as navigation and fishing. Click here to view press release.
Latest from ELI Press Examines Critical Nexus Between Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law
In the groundbreaking Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law, leading environmental legal scholars Mary Jane Angelo, Jason Czarnezki, and Bill Eubanks, along with five distinguished contributing authors, undertake an exploration of the challenging political and societal issues facing agricultural policy and modern food systems through the lens of environmental protection laws. Through this exploration, the authors seek to answer difficult questions about the need for new approaches to agricultural policy and environmental law to meet 21st century concerns surrounding:
- Climate change
- Sustainable agriculture
- Accessibility to healthy foods
- Conservation of natural resources and ecosystem services
This book supplies a comprehensive, timely, and cohesive guide on the intersection of agriculture and the natural environment. This work serves as the quintessential text for bringing these issues to the classroom in a variety of fields, including law, public policy, agricultural economics, and environmental science.