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The Environmental Forum

VOLUME 33, NUMBER 1

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

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LEAD FEATURE ❧ It’s not the material injected underground to release shale gas — it’s the dangerous fluid and gases that come back to the surface. The lost opportunity to perform a thorough evaluation of the potential adverse health consequences of fracking has hurt the industry.

By Bernard Goldstein, M.D.
University of Cologne

   
Transparency and Accountability

Transparency and Accountability

POLICY BRIEF ❧ As tens of billions of dollars are spent over the coming decades to restore the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a variety of mechanisms have been created to ensure responsible stewardship of public resources, natural and monetary.

By David Roche
Environmental Law Institute

   
Restore the Chesapeake

Restore the Chesapeake

COVER STORY ❧ The vast bay and watershed include the largest estuary in the country. Efforts to restore its vastly degraded water quality involve a commensurately large response by the Bay States, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, local governments, and the public.

By Ridgway Hall
Chesapeake Legal Alliance

   
Solar Power's American Ascent

Solar Power's American Ascent

BOOK EXCERPT ❧ Power from the sun is surging in the United States. Realizing its vast potential invites us to make creative but careful use of our built environment and open lands.

By Philip Warburg
Beacon Press

   
The Debate: Dangerous Intersection: Climate Change and National Security

The Debate: Dangerous Intersection: Climate Change and National Security

HEADNOTE ❧ The dangers of climate change are not usually couched in terms of national security, but awareness of the issue is growing rapidly. What could be more basic to security than a climate conducive for agriculture, abundant water supplies, ecosystem health, industrial production, biodiversity, and human comfort? What could be more threatening than extreme weather events or mass migrations because of rising seas and crop failures? The annual ELI-Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum brought together top experts on the topic.

   

THE FEDERAL BEAT

By David P. Clarke

Environmentalists are battling against the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

FAST FORWARD

By Ann Klee

Exercising responsibility for the supply chain and human rights is a positive trend in business.

AROUND THE STATES

By Linda K. Breggin

After 25 years, states are doing more, while facing familiar issues from the past.

SCIENCE AND THE LAW

By Craig M. Pease

Enhanced oil and gas recovery through hydrualic fracturing means more earthquakes.

IN THE COURTS

By Richard Lazarus

A group of cases shows that food law is the next great area for environmental litigation.

THE DEVELOPING WORLD

By Bruce Rich

Turkey’s ill-considered rush to coal undercuts climate change emissions progress.

AN ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE

By Robert N. Stavins

Are the Pope’s critiques of markets on point or, unfortunately, somewhat misguided?

NOTICE & COMMENT

By Stephen R. Dujack

How the Montreal Protocol, restricting ozone depleters, also protects the global climate.

IN THE LITERATURE

By Oliver Houck

On a tautly told toxic tort tale.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

 

Our collection of job transitions and honors.

ELI REPORT

By Laura Fredrick

Henry Diamond receives ELI Award at annual banquet.

ELI IN ACTION

By Carol Adaire Jones

On tropical conservation and liability of environmental harm.

CLOSING STATEMENT

By Scott Fulton

On the need for better governance.