The Environmental Forum

Volume 35 Issue 3

May-June 2018

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Unnatural Disaster

LEAD FEATURE ❧ As a society, we are devoted to the idea of spreading the costs of catastrophic losses. Continuing this commitment in the face of projected increases due to climate change will require ensuring that such programs also create incentives to engage in hazard mitigation.

By Margaret Peloso and Kristen Miller
Vinson & Elkins, Vinson & Elkins

With SIDEBARs from the Conservation Law Foundation | ELI’s expert on resilience.

What Makes a Village

CENTERPIECE ❧ When a community needs to heal, individual claims are not enough. Collective harm also needs to be addressed. As the Deepwater Horizon disaster shows, resources for regional recovery can and should be included in toxic tort court decisions or settlements.

By Ayanna V. Buckner
Community Health Cooperative
Right on Green

COVER STORY ❧ The founders of modern conservatism saw a role for the state in ensuring environmental quality by regulating polluters. While that changed in more recent decades, there are signs that a new generation of conservatives favors a governmental role in reducing emissions

By Daniel A. Farber
Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley

With SIDEBARs from Niskanen Center | a conservative scholar | a former GOP congressman.

A Radical Alliance of Black and Green Could Save the World

TESTIMONY ❧ But first the two movements will have to rediscover their shared roots in a fundamental critique of an economy and a society that value things more than lives.

By James Gustave Speth and J. Phillip Thompson III
Next Systems Project, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Debate: Reorganizing the Administration of Public Lands: Zinke’s Proposal to

THE DEBATE ❧ Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has announced an ambitious plan to reorganize his huge department and the administration of public lands. In particular, he envisions a regional structure that follows watersheds rather than geographic boundaries and moving some bureaus to western cities.

By David J. Hayes, Patty Limerick, Peter Schaumberg, Amanda Leiter, Lynn Scarlett and Doug Wheeler
NYU Law School State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, University of Colorado Center of the American West, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., American University, The Nature Conservancy, Hogan Lovells US LLP
By: David P. Clark

Clean energy progress is trumping Trump’s fossil fuels promo agenda.

By: Craig M. Pease

Extremes in temperature — and in the handling and use of science.

By: Linda K. Breggin

Amid urban growth, funding cuts, local parks face new challenges.

By: Kathleen Barrón

Climate resilience means avoiding sources that emit carbon dioxide.

By: Richard Lazarus

District Court to decide whether antiquities designations are final.

By: Ethan Shenkman

What to expect from ENRD’s new “back to basics” approach.

By: Robert N. Stavins

Some historical context to today’s debates on the climate agreement.

By: Bruce Rich

India's National Green Tribunal and the future of environmental justice.

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

On private action and climate policy.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

School’s namesake would have supported gun activists.

By: Laura Frederick

Colleagues’ new jobs, promotions, and achievements.

By: Laura Frederick

Report on perils, promise of artificial intelligence.

By: Linda K. Breggin

Feeding the hungry with wasted food.

By: Scott Fulton

On a new grist for "water justice."