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The Role of Lawyers in Decarbonizing Society

Stanford Law Review Online (by Michael Gerrard)
April 15, 2020

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are the root cause of anthropogenic climate change. In the United States, about 80% of these emissions come from fossil fuel combustion; globally, the figure is about 72%. Most of the rest is from agriculture, deforestation, and other land use changes. Thus, the most important task in reducing climate change is transitioning away from fossil fuels. . . .

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New wetlands rule imperils Bay cleanup, groups say

Bay Journal (by Jeremy Cox & Timothy B. Wheeler)
March 3, 2020

The Trump administration’s plans to remove federal oversight from some streams and wetlands will leave those waterways without protection in some of the Bay watershed states, while increasing the regulatory burden on others, officials and conservationists say . . . .

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What remains in high court's environmental lineup

E&E News Greenwire (by Pamela King)
February 21, 2020

At the midpoint of the Supreme Court's current term, the justices have now heard arguments in some of the biggest environmental cases in years, but decisions in those disputes are still pending. By this summer, the justices will have decided a case that could more clearly establish the scope of the Clean Water Act and a challenge that could more firmly define states' role in federal Superfund cleanups. The court has so far been slow to issue opinions while Chief Justice John Roberts was spending half of his days at impeachment trial proceedings across the street on Capitol Hill. . .

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Dr. Mishkat Al-Moumin on the Importance of Women & the Environment to Sustainable Peace (podcast)

New Security Beat (by Mckenna Coffey)
February 14, 2020

“I believe if you acknowledge women as primary users of environmental resources, if you draft the policy with women [at] the table, offering you their unique perspective and unique feedback, you’re going to have a more stable policy. A policy that gets implemented,” says Mishkat Al-Moumin, scholar in residence at the Environmental Law Institute, in this week’s Friday Podcast, and second in a series of interviews recorded at the First International Conference on Environmental Peacebuilding. . . .

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Report identifies opportunities for successful co-digestion at water resource recovery facilities

Water World
February 10, 2020

Diverting food waste feedstocks like fats, oils and grease, food scraps, and food processing residuals to anaerobic digestion at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) can provide significant benefits to WRRF finances, as well as to our environment and community well-being; however, WRRFs face a number of hurdles that leave this potential sustainability strategy largely untapped. . . .

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Thanks to Trump, Keystone XL Is Back. The Anti-Pipeline Movement Is Ready.

Mother Jones (by Delilah Friedler)
February 7, 2020

You may remember the Keystone XL pipeline from 2015, when a movement galvanized by the growing threat of climate change successfully pushed President Obama to reject the project.

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Report details opportunities for successful co-digestion at resource recovery facilities

Water Finance & Management
February 6, 2020

Diverting food waste feedstocks like fats, oils and grease, food scraps, and food processing residuals to anaerobic digestion at water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) can provide significant benefits to WRRF finances, as well as to the environment and community, according to a recent report from the Water Research Foundation and the Environmental Law Institute. . . .

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Trump is trying to cripple the environment and democracy

The Hill (OpEd by Alejandro E. Camacho & Robert L. Glicksman)
January 18, 2020

The Trump administration has fired the latest salvo in its never-ending assault on environmental safeguards: a proposal from the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to overhaul its regulations governing federal agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  . . .

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Big firms become climate advocates

E&E ClimateWire (by Jennifer Hijazi)
January 7, 2020

While U.S. courts continue to grapple with a burgeoning body of climate litigation, attorneys for the nation's top law firms are turning to legal advocacy to help address the consequences of a warming planet. The American Bar Association last summer adopted a resolution enshrining goals for legal practitioners to use their resources and expertise to bolster clean energy projects and support emissions reductions (Climatewire, Aug.

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White House Memo Shows Plans to Speed Environmental Permitting

Bloomberg Environment (Stephen Lee)
January 6, 2020

The Trump administration’s proposal to remake the rules governing environmental permitting will state that a project’s effects on the environment will only be considered if they are “reasonably foreseeable” and causally linked to the project, according to a draft memo seen by Bloomberg Environment. . . .

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