The Environmental Forum

Volume 34 Issue 1

January-February 2017

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FOCUS ON LEAD ❧ The tragedy in this Michigan city demonstrates the need for vigilance in protecting families from lead in drinking water. There will be no better moment to develop workable solutions for getting the heavy metal out, protecting public health, and renewing faith in this basic resource.

By David B. LaFrance
American Water Works Association
Political Economy Analysis

ELI POLICY BRIEF ❧ To protect biodiversity, this methodology provides contextual understanding that is necessary for programs to be sensitive to conflict — from social tensions to riots to wars — yielding more appropriate and effective solutions and reducing unintended consequences.

By Carl Bruch, Michael Lerner, and Claudia D'Andrea
by Henry Payne

COVER STORY ❧ Trump and Congress plan to trim back the Democrats’ environmental achievements, decrying the cost to business and consumers and substituting what GOP leaders argue is more savvy regulation. They may succeed, but there are numerous obstacles in their path.

By Jeremy Bernstein
Inside EPA
Former banker and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and ELI Vice Chair Ben Wilson

COLLOQUY ❧ Former banker and Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson took the stage at the annual dinner and responded to questions from ELI Vice Chair Ben Wilson about environmental protection in China and environmental policy in the United States and internationally. Paulson’s conclusion based on his decades of experience: It takes business, NGOs, and government working together to get things done.

HEADNOTE ❧ The Paris Agreement establishes a framework for international cooperation in limiting the impact of climate change to an average global temperature increase of less than 2 degrees Celsius. Most of the response in meeting national targets will involve regulation at various jurisdictional levels of government and bilateral or regional agreements among signatory nations. But these actions will fall short of the goals of the agreement. In fact, temperatures could increase almost twice as much if governments alone address the risks to society and the biosphere — a truly dangerous situation. The 2016 ELI-Miriam Hamilton Keare Policy Forum took on this difficult policy problem.

By Vicki Arroyo, Ken Berlin, Astri Kimball, Sameer Kwatra, Bob Perciasepe, Mike Vandenbergh and James Whetstone
Georgetown Climate Center, The Climate Reality Project, Google, Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Vanderbilt Law School, National Institute for Standards and Technology
By: David P. Clarke

Environmentalists galvanized to battle huge regulatory rollbacks.

By: Kathleen Barrón

A report card on sustainability reporting by firms: is it sustainable?

By: Linda K. Breggin

“No” votes mean an electoral win for solar energy in Sunshine State.

By: Craig M. Pease

Environmental protection grinds to a halt with neonicotinoid pesticides.

By: Richard Lazarus

What happens when a new White House opposes ongoing litigation?

By: Bruce Rich

A case study in India highlights conservation and human needs.

By: Robert N. Stavins

Onerous for experts, IPCC process is in danger of becoming politicized.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

In post-truth era, environmental literacy plans will be key to progress.

By: Oliver A. Houck

Making the case for animal rights.

By: Laura Frederick

Our colleagues' new jobs and achievements.

By: Laura Frederick

Hank Paulson receives the 2016 ELI Award.

By: Elana Harrison

Changing maps, changing coastal laws and policies.

By: John Pendergrass

On building bridges.