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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.
With a SIDEBAR from an environmental consulting firm
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?
With a SIDEBAR from World Wildlife Fund on location in the cyclone-ravaged nation
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.
With SIDEBARS from a law firm attorney and from a leading green litigation group
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.
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?
Most Green New Deal advocates see hope in new policy dynamics.
Realizing promise of clean tech is a battle with no obvious strategy.
ECOS chief strives for "efficient" alignment of state, federal roles.
The role of the electric utility in powering deep decarbonization.
May courts review Congressional Review Act compliance by agencies?
Drop in EPA enforcement statistics: Is glass half empty or half full?
Benefits are benefits—regardless of how they are legally obtained.
Court says World Bank can be sued. But more remedies needed.
Tracy Mehan on restoring America's circulatory system.
50 years ago series: The Cuyahoga fire and urban justice.
Colleagues’ new jobs, promotions, and achievements.
Legal weed means legal means to reduce pollution.
Real benefits foster food scrap recycling.
Scott Fulton on law as a window and law as a wall.