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SupplyChainBrain (by Robert J. Bowman) (includes video clip)
October 18, 2020

David Rejeski, visitor scholar at the Environmental Law Institute, describes efforts to obtain objective information about the “green” impacts of technological innovations such as blockchain, platform sharing and artificial intelligence. When the environmental community addresses advances in technology, it often does so “10 to 15 years too late,” says Rejeski.

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Organizer of the First Earth Day to Receive Prestigious Environmental Achievement Award

Renewable Energy Magazine
October 13, 2020

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has announced that on October 15, 2020, Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day, will receive ELI’s 2020 Environmental Achievement Award in recognition of his visionary leadership and outstanding environmental stewardship over a most distinguished career. . . .

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Environmental Law in the Roberts Court

Reason.com (by Jonathan H. Adler)
October 5, 2020

Environmental law constitutes a decent sliver of the Supreme Court's caseload, but none of the current justices seems to have much interest in environmental law, as such—or so I argue in my new article, "Which Way for the Roberts Court?", the cover story for the November/December 2020 issue of The Environmental Forum, published by the Environmental Law Institute.

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Ethiopia: The Ignored Positive Contributions of GERD to Safer Climate

The Ethopian Herald (by Dagim Terefe)
September 24, 2020

Hydropower, which generates electricity through falling water, is Ethiopia's the most valued a renewable resource and accounts for more than 43 billion MW of electricity generation capacity. Unfortunately, this potential has not yet been fully utilized. Ethiopia's current power generation capacity is 4,300 MW and more than 80 percent of it is from water and the rest are from wind, solar and thermal. This clearly shows that hydropower is and will be the backbone of Ethiopia's energy-hungry economy of the country.

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Coronavirus Claims, Imported Pesticides Focus for EPA Inspectors

Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report (by Pat Rizzuto)
September 22, 2020

The EPA’s pesticide inspectors will keep focusing on imported products, electronic commerce, and the accuracy of claims made in products purporting to protect against coronavirus infections, agency enforcement officials said Tuesday. The sheer volume of e-commerce in the midst of the pandemic has been a core reason the Environmental Protection Agency has focused on online sales of products making pesticidal claims, said Royan Teter, a supervisory life scientist at the EPA. . . .

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ELI Report Looks At Trump Administration’s Impact On Environmental Law And Policy And What Lies Ahead

The National Law Review (by Lynn L. Bergeson)
September 4, 2020

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) recently released Environment 2021: What Comes Next?, a report that looks at the Trump Administration’s impact on environmental law and policy and what lies ahead.

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Environmental Consortium Relaunches in Pursuit of Social Justice

The Louisiana Weekly (by Ryan Whirty)
July 22, 2020

As a lifelong resident of St. John the Baptist Parish, Robert Taylor watched as the demographics of his hometown changed once the massive, powerful DuPont chemical company opened a chloroprene production plant in the parish in 1969. As soon as news broke more than a half-century ago that the DuPont plant was in the works, Taylor said, the white residents of St. John gradually picked up their stakes and left, as if they knew something very bad was about to happen. . . .

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Denis Hayes, Organizer Of First Earth Day, To Receive Prestigious Environmental Achievement Award

Los Alamos Daily Post
July 8, 2020

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has announced it will present its 2020 Environmental Achievement Award to Denis Hayes, the organizer of the first Earth Day and current president of the Bullitt Foundation, in recognition of his visionary leadership and outstanding environmental stewardship over a most distinguished career. . . .

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US courts accept climate science. Can Trump and McConnell undo that?

The Bulletin (by Dawn Stover)
June 3, 2020

At a meeting tomorrow, the US Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to confirm President Trump’s nomination of 37-year-old Justin Walker to become a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the second-most-powerful court in the land and often a stepping-stone to the Supreme Court. The DC appeals court has made some key rulings on climate cases, and Walker will hold a lifetime appointment to it. Does he believe human activity is contributing to or causing climate change? . . .

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Scrapping Enforcement Tool Doesn’t Sideline Mitigation, DOJ Says

Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report (by Ellen M. Gilmer)
May 27, 2020

A top Justice Department lawyer is defending the agency’s elimination of a popular settlement tool in environmental cases—and offering reassurances that the government will still require polluters to clean up their messes. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Brightbill on Wednesday stressed that a March memo eliminating supplemental environmental projects, or SEPs, in federal enforcement deals doesn’t affect mitigation and other cleanup requirements. . . .

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