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Rights Groups Call for Greater Attention to Environmental Security in Armed Conflicts

Jurist (by Erik Slobe)
November 7, 2018

Amnesty International released two public statements on Tuesday regarding environmental security during war and armed conflicts. One statement addressed to the Chair of the UN General Assembly First Committee called upon the Chair to address environmental impacts of particular weapons and military practices and identify measures to minimize harm. The statement notes that in addition to the cost of human life, weapons destroy water, sanitation, and energy infrastructure and creates hazardous waste that has further impacts on human health.

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Trump’s plan to have Jim Mattis fast-track part of the border wall could backfire

Washington Examiner (by Travis J. Tritten)
November 5, 2018

President Trump's plan to have the Pentagon quickly build part of the wall on the U.S. border with Mexico is now facing years of potential delays because of environmental reviews.

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Obama team assembles again to toast Lisa Jackson

E&E Greenwire (by Robin Bravender)
October 24, 2018

Lisa Jackson's fan club had a reunion last night. The Obama-era EPA administrator returned to Washington, where she was surrounded by her former team and celebrated for her work at the agency, even as some of her efforts are being rolled back by the Trump administration. Trump EPA officials were at the swanky hotel dinner, too, where Jackson — now an executive at Apple Inc. — steered clear of criticizing the administration. Jackson, who led EPA from 2009 until early 2013, was given an environmental achievement award by the nonpartisan Environmental Law Institute.

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Daily on Energy

Washington Examiner (by John Siciliano & Josh Siegel)
October 23, 2018

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW INSTITUTE BOOSTS BOARD’S RANKS: The non-partisan Environmental Law Institute boosted its ranks in Monday with the addition of six new members to its board of directors. “I look forward to working with these renowned experts to advance ELI’s important mission of improving the environment though the effective rule of law,” said the group’s board chairman, Benjamin Wilson. The new members include Rachel Jacobson, Rick Leahy, John Lovenburg, Peggy Otum, Hilary Tompkins, and Wei “Kevin” Wei. 

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Count on Blockchain to Bolster ESG Truthfulness ... Eventually

Financial Advisor IQ (by Miram Rozen)
October 12, 2018

Even though Morningstar reported recently that investment flows into sustainable funds nearly doubled each month this year compared to 2017, financial advisors and other stakeholders continue to express lukewarm sentiments about the transparency and trustworthiness of ESG-related investment data. “Overall, we were disappointed by the lack of transparency and rigor of ESG ratings,” Shiva Rajgopal, the vice dean of research at Columbia Business School, writes in a recent Reuters opinion article.

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Environmental cooperation as a pathway to resolve Nigeria’s deadly farmer-herder conflicts

UN Environment
October 4, 2018

Nigeria’s central Middle Belt region is home to a diverse cultural population of semi-nomadic cattle herders and farming communities. For decades, the region has experienced increasingly violent attacks that have been partially attributed to direct competition over access and use of natural resources. According to a report released by the International Crisis Group in July, the violence between Nigerian farmers and herders killed at least 1,300 people in the first half of 2018, claiming “about six times more civilian lives than the Boko Haram insurgency”. . . .

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Scientists, Economists Call for ERS, NIFA to Stay in Washington, D.C.

American Agriculturist
October 2, 2018

More than 1,100 scientists and economists are opposing Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s proposed USDA reorganization that relocates the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture outside the nation’s capital.

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Trawling for Peace in a Warming Planet

UN Environment
September 27, 2018

From the South China Sea to the English Channel, Lake Victoria to the Pacific Ocean, the last few decades have seen increased competition for fish stocks. Unlike many other agricultural products which are stationary, many species of fish are highly migratory across various maritime boundaries.

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Blockchain is Revolutionizing Your Ability to Make Environmentally Friendly Purchases

Ensia (by Catherine Early)
September 11, 2018

How environmentally friendly is the coffee you drank this morning? The clothes you’re wearing? What are the social impacts of the chair you’re sitting on? Perhaps you’ve tried to find the answers to questions like these from retailers, but got no response, or just a vague “commitment to sustainability” statement? A desire for products to be clean and green rather than drive climate change, wildlife destruction or modern slavery is a growing trend, particularly among younger consumers. But shopping ethically is often more easily said than done.

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In India, Can the World’s Cleanest Fuel Clear the Air?

Next City (by Deepali Srivastava)
June 4, 2018

India’s highest court forced Delhi, the world’s most polluted megacity, to start selling Euro VI-grade fuel. With the rest of the country to follow within two years, will the move help India curb its deadly air pollution? . . .

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