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That river has rights: new strategy to protect planet

Thomson Reuters Foundation (by Carey L. Biron)
July 31, 2019

For some, human rights are not enough - it’s nature’s turn, now. In a growing global movement, environmentalists are trying a new legal route to protect the planet - vesting rivers, reefs and threatened habitats with “rights of nature” that override the long-held human right to harm. Supporters say they are starting to notch victories and see momentum growing, particularly as the rising effects of climate change spur an openness to untried strategies. Critics call the efforts unwieldy, ineffective - or illegal. . . .

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Patagonia Leaders to Receive Achievement Award

E&E News Greenwire (by Jeremy P. Jacobs)
July 9, 2019

Outdoor gear maker Patagonia Inc. will receive the Environmental Law Institute's top award this year, the nonpartisan legal group said today. ELI will honor the Ventura, Calif.-based company's founder, Yvon Chouinard, and CEO Rose Marcario with its "Environmental Achievement Award" at its annual banquet in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22. . . .

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The rise of Nigeria’s gold market

July 2, 2019

As Nigeria looks to deepen its gold industry, the government has stepped up its cooperation with Dubai following President Buhari’s visit to Dubai earlier this year. However, the Environmental Law Institute says Nigeria does not have a well-developed large-scale mining sector, and the majority of gold mining in the country is carried out by artisanal and small-scale miners unlike countries like Ghana and Burkina Faso. Nere Teriba, Vice Chairman of Kian Smith Trade & Co joined CNBC Africa’s Esther Awoniyi for this discussion....

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Court Says Operating History Relevant in Zoning Permit Case

Shale Gas Knowledge Hub (by Jim McElfish)
June 6, 2019

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a borough’s denial of a conditional use permit for unconventional oil and gas development in an oil and gas overlay zone, ruling that the borough could rely on testimony from residents of an adjacent township about their adverse experiences with development by the same applicant. On May 31, 2019, in EQT Production Co. v.

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How Lawyers Can Help Save The Planet

Law 360 (by Michael Gerrard and John Dernbach)
May 21, 2019

Scientific reports, coming in a steady stream, are highlighting the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions so as to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Already, hurricanes, coastal and inland flooding, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme weather events are causing severe economic damage and loss of life, and their increasing severity has been attributed to climate change. The decades to come promise to be even worse.

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NRPA President Awarded for 47 Years of Dedication

The Narragansett Times (by Philip Cozzolino)
May 20, 2019

Richard Grant has dedicated the last 47 years to helping protect and preserve Narrow River, a lifetime body of work that recently received national attention. As the president of the Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA), Grant was honored last week by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), being presented with the organization’s 30th anniversary lifetime achievement award at the in Washington, D.C. 

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The Nashville Farmers’ Market Helps Customers Recycle Food Waste

The Nashville Scene (by Margaret Littman)
May 16, 2019

Your next visit to the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Rosa Parks Boulevard will include six new items. No, not necessarily farm-fresh peaches or asparagus, though those will likely be there too, depending on when you arrive. The market is introducing six custom-designed receptacles that allow customers to sort their trash. . . .

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Maine Is the First State to Ban Styrofoam

Pacific Standard (by Leah Dunlevy)
May 2, 2019

In a major victory for environmentalists, Maine has become the the first state to ban Styrofoam containers for food and beverages. The ban, signed by Democratic Governor Janet Mills on Tuesday, will take effect on January 1st, 2021.The ban will make it illegal for restaurants to sell or distribute the containers (such as bowls, plates, cups, trays, and cartons), with penalties of up to $100 in fines. In addition, grocery stores and other businesses will be prohibited from using the containers.

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‘Grandfather’ of natural treatment systems: HSU professor emeritus to be honored with environmental award

Arcadia Times-Standard (by Dan Squier)
April 28, 2019

The city of Arcata produces more than two million gallons of sewage per day — there is nothing out of the ordinary about that statistic; it’s in line with the amount of sewage generated by cities of similar size. The difference between Arcata and those other similarly sized cities is the manner in which the sewage is treated. The procedure the city currently uses to process its wastewater didn’t exist 50 years ago.

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Wanted: 'Legion of lawyers' to fight climate change

ClimateWire (by Ellen M. Gilmer, E&E News Reporter)
April 24, 2019

Two leading environmental law scholars are out with a new trove of recommendations for fighting climate change, and they're recruiting lawyers to put the plan in action. Columbia University's Michael Gerrard and Widener University's John Dernbach released an extensive playbook this spring designed to assist lawyers and policymakers working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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