The Environmental Forum

Volume 36 Issue 3

May-June 2019

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Streamlining Energy Dominance

LEAD FEATURE ❧ Public land and public trust are damaged when the Department of the Interior removes robust citizen engagement and expert analysis to distort proper management of the federal domain for the purpose of prioritizing fossil-fuel development by private interests.

By Marna McDermott
Conservation Litigation Project

With a SIDEBAR from an environmental consulting firm

Foiling the Resource Curse

CENTERPIECE ❧ Mozambique faces the destabilizing influence of sudden mineral wealth as it simultaneously grapples with adapting to climate change. Can the principles of sustainable development guide communities toward equitable, resilient outcomes?

By Lisa Dale
Columbia University Earth Institute

With a SIDEBAR from World Wildlife Fund on location in the cyclone-ravaged nation

American Idols

COVER STORY ❧ Which are the stars, the most important cases in U.S. environmental jurisprudence? We asked that question in a survey of this magazine’s readers and other professionals across all sectors. The results and those from our poll 10 years ago show remarkable durability over time, truly placing these selections in the legal Hall of Fame.

By J.B. Ruhl and Jim Salzman
Vanderbilt University, UCLA and UC, Santa Barbara

With SIDEBARS from a law firm attorney and from a leading green litigation group

Taking a Risk on Resilience

TESTIMONY ❧ After witnessing Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the Mid-Atlantic region in 2012, I wrote a book on the business response to climate change. From what I observed, there is nothing like a calamity to awaken an understanding of threats and the need for anticipation and preparation.

By Ann Goodman
Global Biodiversity Is Falling Fast, Imperiling Humanity. Can Better Policy Aver

At least half of global insect and phytoplankton biomass is now gone. The tropical rainforests, a storehouse of genetic information and serving as key components of the terrestrial biosphere, have been decimated. Meanwhile, the challenges mount as the seas rise, invading coastal ecosystems; ocean waters become more acidic and inhospitable to many marine denizens; and the land warms faster than nature can cope. The robust international legal regime to protect species and habitat is failing. Can improved policy save the global ecosystem?

By Rodolfo Dirzo, Frank Hawkins, William Magnusson and Patrick Parenteau
Stanford University, IUCN North America Office, Brazilian National Institute for Amazonian Research, Vermont Law School
By: David P. Clarke

Most Green New Deal advocates see hope in new policy dynamics.

By: Craig M. Pease

Realizing promise of clean tech is a battle with no obvious strategy.

By: Linda K. Breggin

ECOS chief strives for "efficient" alignment of state, federal roles.

By: Kathleen Barrón

The role of the electric utility in powering deep decarbonization.

By: Richard Lazarus

May courts review Congressional Review Act compliance by agencies?

By: Ethan Shenkman

Drop in EPA enforcement statistics: Is glass half empty or half full?

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Benefits are benefits—regardless of how they are legally obtained.

By: Bruce Rich

Court says World Bank can be sued. But more remedies needed.

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

Tracy Mehan on restoring America's circulatory system.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

50 years ago series: The Cuyahoga fire and urban justice.

By: Anna Beeman

Colleagues’ new jobs, promotions, and achievements.

By: Anna Beeman

Legal weed means legal means to reduce pollution.

By: Linda K. Breggin

Real benefits foster food scrap recycling.

By: Scott Fulton

Scott Fulton on law as a window and law as a wall.