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Serious Games: Conservation and Community

New Security Beat (by Brittany Williams)
May 10, 2018

In preparation for the Wilson Center’s Earth Challenge 2020 initiative, the Serious Games Initiative rounded up educational games with themes of conservation and community. These games tackle issues ranging from community resilience to dystopian futures—and everything in between. While not a comprehensive list of environmental games, we hope it inspires you to check out these games and think of ideas for new ones that might use data from the upcoming Earth Challenge 2020 hackathons. . . .

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Managing the flow Class Acts-Sustainability: Law Student Tim Briscoe a Champion for River Species

The Source (by Talia Ogliore)
May 4, 2018

The Missouri River is the longest and, by some accounts, most heavily engineered river in the United States. From its headwaters in the Rocky Mountains in western Montana, it stretches for more than 2,300 miles through a massive system of dams, reservoirs and levees before emptying into the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis. For Tim Briscoe, a juris doctorate degree candidate in the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, the Missouri River is more than an overbuilt local waterway. . . .

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Concerns Over California Vehicle Waiver Issues

Yale Climate Connections (by Jan Ellen Spiegel)
April 27, 2018

Few following the climate issue likely were shocked when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he plans to essentially rollback the Obama administration’s more stringent climate-focused standards for motor vehicles. Less than a month after Pruitt came into office in 2017, he announced he’d be looking at them, and his and President Trump’s dismissiveness of climate change science has been well known. . . .

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'No Free Lunch' When It Comes to Coastal Resiliency

WCAI Living Lab Radio (story by Heather Goldstone & Elsa Partan)
April 16, 2018

Severe coastal flooding during storms in January and March of this year jolted Massachusetts residents and officials into an unwelcome awareness of just how vulnerable we are to rising sea levels. Last month, Governor Baker announced a 1.4 billion dollar bond bill to finance climate resilience efforts. . . .

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Many States Unprepared for Climate Change Impacts on Water Supplies

Environmental Leader (by Alyssa Danigelis)
March 23, 2018

The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) released their 2017 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard this week, and the results around climate resiliency planning were eye-opening. Most US states have a long way to go to shore up their legal frameworks and improve requirements contributing to water conservation, efficiency, and long-term resiliency, according to the AWE and ELI. The two nonprofits released the first scorecard in 2012.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Environment

WCAI Radio (by Heather Goldstone & Elsa Partan)
March 12, 2018

When it comes to artificial intelligence, a lot of attention has been focused on issues of privacy and economics – what happens if AI makes human workers obsolete. Now, a new report from the non-profit Environmental Law Institute highlights the potential environmental impacts of AI-driven technologies, from autonomous cars to smart thermostats. Listen . . . .

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What impacts could Trump's proposed offshore drilling plan have on MPAs and other current closures in US waters? Here's a primer

MPA News
February 22, 2018

In early January 2018, the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a draft five-year program to guide leasing of the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) areas for oil and gas drilling, from 2019-2024. The draft, which reflects the views of the administration of President Donald Trump, is aggressive. It would make over 90% of the nation’s total OCS area available to exploration and development. By comparison, the current five-year program puts 94% of the OCS off-limits to oil and gas exploration.

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Environmental Peacebuilding

BioScience, by Lesley Evans Ogden
January 30, 2018

As the River Jordan meanders between Israel, Palestine, and Jordan, disease-causing microbes that thrive in water contaminated with sewage pass over geopolitical lines without passports or border checks. By drinking or bathing in that contaminated water, children on each side of the border get sick. But proposed solutions could provide an opportunity to heal more than just disease. Cross-border investment in water treatment can be a mechanism for brokering peace.

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Zinke cut Fla. from 5-year plan. Can he do that?

E&E EnergyWire
January 11, 2018

The Interior Department's decision this week to withdraw Florida's federal waters from the agency's five-year offshore drilling plan brought more questions than answers. Chief among those queries: Can Interior do this? The answer: Yes?

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Furthering Civic Engagement in the Environmental Arena

JOTWELL - Journal of Things We Like (Lots)
December 13, 2017

Since January 2017, the news headlines have been screaming about one administrative law issue after another—everything from the Congressional Review Act to regulatory rollbacks, from Executive Orders to agency enforcement priorities. These news headlines have quite understandably prompted a flood of questions about what the law does, and does not, allow the president and others within the Executive Branch to do. For example, can a president use an Executive Order to unilaterally revoke an agency rule that is already on the books?

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