ELI In the News

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. . . .

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. . . .

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. Since the announcement, the Committee has been advising and supporting the City’s commitment pursuant to the Global Covenant of Mayors to develop a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan for the city of Nashville. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Socket reached out to the committee’s Co-Chairs, Linda Breggin and Eric Kopstain, and the Co-Chairs of the sub-committees to have them share what they see for the future of a sustainable Nashville. Hear their voices of sustainability. . . .

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. . . .

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. . . .

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 . . . .

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. . . .

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. . . .

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. . . .

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. But Keystone XL, which would pump some of Canada’s most dangerous oil products over nearly 1,200 miles of US land and Indigenous territories largely for export to other countries, is back: In January, thanks to Trump’s efforts to revive the project, TC Energy, the company behind the major oil delivery system, said that it would begin preparing for construction in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska as soon as this month. . . .