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While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration

State of the Planet (by Dale Willman)
May 21, 2020

I know this risks sounding like what my kids call a ‘grandpa story,’ but context is important, particularly when talking about environmental regulation. Most Americans alive today were born after April 20, 1970, so have no personal frame of reference for what the country’s environment looked like before the first Earth Day, but it was not good. . . .

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PUSD’s Wade receives national award

Plumas News (by Debra Moore)
May 13, 2020

Plumas Unified School District’s Outdoor Core and science education coordinator Rob Wade is the recipient of a national award. Wade was acknowledged for promoting awareness in the field of wetlands conservation. . . .

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Climate change unleashes interstate water wars

E&E ClimateWire (by Pamela King)
May 6, 2020

A looming Supreme Court showdown over water flows from the Pecos River may be the first in a rising swell of interstate water battles driven by climate change. The justices had been set to hear Texas v.

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Fellowship honors late Prof. Emerita Rebecca Sharitz

UGA Today (by Beth Gavrilles)
May 5, 2020

Trailblazing ecologist Rebecca R. Sharitz spent almost her entire career at the University of Georgia Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. A world-renowned expert on wetlands with more than 160 peer-reviewed publications to her credit, she was also revered as a teacher and mentor to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and volunteers. . . .

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‘Scary’ Litigation Anticipated After Supreme Court Water Ruling

Bloomberg Environment & Energy Report (by Ellen M. Gilmer)
April 30, 2020

Environmental law experts said they’re looking to federal courts and agency action to clarify a new water permitting standard the U.S. Supreme Court established last week. But the prospect of repeated litigation over the scope of the Clean Water Act is “pretty scary,” said Hilary Meltzer, chief of the Environmental Law Division of the New York City Law Department. . . .

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Voices of Sustainability (podcast)

Socket
April 22, 2020

Earlier this year Mayor John Cooper announced the names of 48 members of the Nashville community to serve on the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.

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New Website Will Help Steer the U.S. Away From Fossil Fuels

State of the Planet
April 15, 2020

A new website, Model Laws for Deep Decarbonization in the United States, was launched on Tuesday to help accelerate a sustainable U.S. transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. It will provide policy makers at the federal, state and local levels with the legal tools needed to transition away from fossil fuels. . . .

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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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