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The Environmental Forum

VOLUME 32, NUMBER 3

MAY/JUNE 2015

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Offshore Aquifers

Offshore Aquifers

FEATURE ❧ The news of possibly vast reserves of groundwater trapped under continental shelves only heightens the need for improved overall governance of resource extraction and utilization. Our past exploitation of global underground water reserves is mute testimony.

By Renee Martin-Nagle
University of Strathclyde

   
The Z-Tranche

The Z-Tranche

FEATURE ❧ Getting people out of cars and trucks and off their mopeds and into public transportation is not an easy sell. Thus a dynamic new role for multilateral development banks in the climate change mitigation saga.

By Michael Curley and Lindsay Haislip
Environmental Law Institute | Cambridge Associates, LLC

   
Birds and Bats and Blades

Birds and Bats and Blades

FEATURE ❧ Long-standing federal laws protecting raptors and other migratory birds plus rare flying mammals, all of which are challenged species, are already affecting wind energy development in the United States. New regulations and industry practices may help.

By Gordon Smith
Verrill Dana

With a SIDEBAR by Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School

   
Testimony | From Vicious to Virtuous<br />
Circles

Testimony | From Vicious to Virtuous Circles

By Jon Barnett
Melbourne University

SPEECH ❧ We are misunderstanding the challenges that climate change poses, and we are thereby missing opportunities. Climate change will not naturally nor inevitably lead to armed conflict, and this is a risk that is well within our purview to manage.

   
The Debate | Climate Change Endangers Security; Can the Military Help Humanity Respond?

The Debate | Climate Change Endangers Security; Can the Military Help Humanity Respond?

HEADNOTE ❧ As a consequence of the linkages between humanitarian disaster relief, military organizations, human security, and environmental security, climate change generates an ever-greater impetus for engagement between military and civilian authorities. Involvement of both is necessary when disasters overwhelm the capacity of civil authorities, as is increasingly likely because of the deadly buildup of atmospheric greenhouse gases.

   

THE FEDERAL BEAT

By David P. Clarke

The Clean Power Plan will produce huge benefits, but opponents decry the costs.

FAST FORWARD

By Ann Klee

So many competing ratings that they are becoming an obstacle to sustainability progress.

AROUND THE STATES

By Linda K. Breggin

In a turnabout from traditional practice, states are rejecting their role as laboratories.

SCIENCE AND THE LAW

By Craig M. Pease

Polar ice is disappearing ever faster, causing sea-level rise and further temperature increases.

IN THE COURTS

By Richard Lazarus

No other state court has been as influential as California’s — a pioneer in many areas of law.

THE DEVELOPING WORLD

By Bruce Rich

The World Bank pulls back from public environmental and social evaluations.

AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE

By Robert N. Stavins

Climate negotiations: This is a moment of considerable opportunity for reform.

NOTICE & COMMENT

By Stephen R. Dujack

Twenty-five years in and after 140 columns, humanity’s survival is ever more at stake.

IN THE LITERATURE

By Oliver Houck

On oil and gas development in Louisiana.

ELI REPORT

By Brett Kitchen

ELI moves to a new headquarters at 1730 M St., NW.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

Job changes, awards, and honors.

FORUM@ELI.ORG

16 U.S.C. §1, R.I.P.; Reborn.

POLICY BRIEF

By David Roche

Gulf of Mexico Restoration Projects Map
proves quite an adventure.

CLOSING STATEMENT

By Scott Schang

On the profession’s need for diversity.