The Environmental Forum

Volume 34 Issue 3

May-June 2017

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No Reverse Gear on Vehicle Gas Goals

LEAD FEATURE ❧ The automobile industry has more than doubled fuel efficiency under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy program and is set to double it again by 2025. That is, until President Trump attacked the most successful ever greenhouse gas reduction program.

By Daniel Becker and James Gerstenzang
Safe Climate Campaign

With SIDEBARs by an auto writer-lawyer and by the Automobile Alliance.

Biotechnology: Harvest of Failure

COVER STORY I ❧ It is time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see the agricultural biotechnology revolution for the disappointment it is. It has neither reduced pesticide dependence nor improved potential yields or food quality. Fortunately, traditional breeding points the way forward.

By Margaret Mellon
Mellon Associates

With SIDEBARs by a farmer who loves genetic crops and by a skeptical professor.

Agronomy: Feeding More With Less

COVER STORY II ❧ By redesigning our food system to radically reduce all types of waste from farm to fork, we can meet the challenge of feeding the world without also compromising other human needs and encroaching on valuable remaining habitat.

By Peter Lehner

With SIDEBARs by an agricultural sustainability expert and by the Farm Bureau.

Harnessing the Winds of the Rift Valley

PROFILE ❧ Rob Gramlich spent years promoting wind power as a top official of its trade group in Washington, D.C., at a time when investment nationwide surged. But in the middle of his career, he moved to electricitystarved East Africa to help jump-start a renewable energy revolution.

By Daniel Cusick
E&E News
The Debate: Years After Treaty Goes Into Force, Mining on the Seafloor Ratchets

HEADNOTE ❧ The issue of deep seabed mining, how to manage it, and who benefits from it was a topic of intense debate during the lengthy period of negotiations to develop the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in the 1970s and 1980s. Now that mining is set to get underway, It is still a topic of heated concern, which is why here we present a cluster of articles on seafloor mining in advance of the July meeting of the instrumentality created by UNCLOS to regulate sea-floor mining, the International Seabed Authority.

By Kristina Marie Gjerde, Renée Grogan, Hannah Lily, Kathryn Mengerink, Sandor Mulsow and Verena Tunnicliffe
IUCN, World Ocean Council, Commonwealth Secretariat, Waitt Institute, International Seabed Authority, University of Victoria
By: David P. Clarke

Trump budget would undercut his proposal for increased federalism.

By: Kathleen Barrón

Tax reform could have impact on domestic energy markets.

By: Linda K. Breggin

Private funding is boosting city resiliency against array of threats.

By: Craig M. Pease

Our climate policy is so ineffective that Trump can't make it worse.

By: Richard Lazarus

The public interest bar loses a true giant in citizen jurisprudence.

By: Bruce Rich

From Neil Gorsuch to Amartya Sen: natural law, ethics, economics.

By: Robert N. Stavins

Is President Trump's climate change policy an oxymoron?

By: Stephen R. Dujack

A compendium of environmental good news, tonic for a testy time.

By: Oliver A. Houck

Erupting in praise over volcano book.

A different view of "The Path From Flint."

Your colleagues' new jobs and achievements.

By: Laura Frederick

Oil-soaked Gulf Coast communities benefit from fact sheets.

By: David Rejeski

Gen Y and Gen Z play the national budget game.

By: Scott Fulton

On the enforcement “gorilla.”