The Environmental Forum

Volume 37 Issue 3

May-June 2020

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Biodiversity's Stakeholders

LEAD FEATURE The whole planet depends on the improved health of the Brazilian rainforest, yet there is surprisingly little information on preserving species diversity in the Amazon. That is changing via a unique program that connects local ecosystem health with its global beneficiaries.

By William (Bill) Magnusson
Brazilian National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA)

With a SIDEBAR from a stakeholder who is a university scientist in the national capital.

Paying the Price

CENTERPIECE Climate change will present humanity with a large bill that it must satisfy in order to survive. Yet it is important to remember that the costs are not just financial, not just addressable via creative funding. Suffering on an untold scale will be incalculable.

By Michael Curley
Environmental Law Institute

With a SIDEBAR from a farmer on the front lines, who is paying to combat climate change

Coopting Federalism

COVER STORY The administration is pushing more environmental programs to the states, accelerating a long-term trend of delegation. Meanwhile the White House is cutting back on EPA’s budget. Unfortunately, many states are dramatically downsizing their pollution-control agencies at the same time.

By Eric Schaeffer
Environmental Integrity Project

With a SIDEBAR from the Environmental Council of the States

The Modish Squad

TESTIMONY Fifty years ago, new legislation and an environmental amendment to its state constitution led to the creation of Pennsylvania’s environmental Office of Enforcement, a pathbreaking group that proved highly effective in protecting public health and natural resources.

By William Eichbaum
World Wildlife Fund
The Debate: Geoengineering Steps Onto Center Stage

Climate geoengineering was once the province only of a few radical scientists gaming worst-case scenarios. Today, it is a dynamic and rapidly emerging suite of potential responses to climate change. Indeed, deliberate interference in the atmosphere has become a credible option as a consequence of the catastrophic implications of a warmer world. But what are the legal frameworks governing research into geoengineering — and what is the best policy to manage global deployment?

By Shuchi Talati, Robert A. James and Wil Burns
Union of Concerned Scientists, PIllsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, American University Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy
By: David P. Clarke

What's OMB Doing in Soliciting Complaints About Enforcement?

By: Craig M. Pease

CEQ's New NEPA Rule Serves to Define Away the Role of Science.

By: Linda K. Breggin

The Wheels on the E-Bus Go Round and Round — And Reduce Carbon.

By: Sally R. K. Fisk

Themes to Consider in Preparing for the Next Global Emergency.

By: Amanda Leiter

FWS v. Sierra Club Suit Threatens Role of Interagency Consultations.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Coronavirus Outbreak Complicates Regulatory Agenda's Final Stretch.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Data From Expanded Surveillance Shows the Value of Information.

By: Bruce Rich

Does Chronic Leakage Undermine International Environmental Aid?

By: Oliver Houck

Oliver Houck Reviews the New Film "Dark Waters."

By: Stephen R. Dujack

The Toll From Air Pollution Compares to COVID-19.

By: Anna Beeman

Colleagues' New Jobs, Promotions, and Achievements.

By: Anna Beeman

ELI as Secretariat Convenes Enforcers From 30 Countries.

By: Kasantha Moodley

Managing Water With Digital Technologies.

By: Scott Fulton

What Judges Are Saying About Climate Science.