The Environmental Forum

Volume 37 Issue 6

November-December 2020

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The Uncertainty Principles

The Securities and Exchange Commission is leaving corporate managers with a murky view of how they should consider climate-related information and without guidance on how best to navigate differing opinions from investors and advocacy organizations.

By Hannah Vizcarra
Harvard Law School

With SIDEBARs from Mindy Lubber of Ceres and Margaret E. Peloso of Vinson & Elkins

The Next Pandemic is Here

It is time to organize in fighting diseases that emerge from animals to impact humans and disrupt society. We can prevent zoonotic infections like the COVID-19 virus by drawing on principles of environmental laws protecting nature and limiting contact with wildlife.

By Nicholas A. Robinson
Elizabeth Haub School of Law
Which Way for the Roberts Court?

Even before the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, environmental law cases have not been about the environment at all, and ecological values have had little currency. Instead issues of administrative procedure, standing, and statutory interpretation drive the key decisions with environmental consequences, and that trend will continue.

By Jonathan H. Adler
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

With a SIDEBAR on the Roberts Court’s environmental record and two SIDEBARs remembering the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and appraising the meaning of her loss.

Developing a Sustainability Law Course

Creating an advanced lesson plan necessitates more than listing required reading, but also a prior assay on how core tenets can play out in real-world contexts, requiring in turn understanding the roles of often adversarial social groupings.

By Scott Schang
Wake Forest University School of Law
The Debate: Racial Justice Means Environmental Justice

With the ascendancy of the Movement for Black Lives, the media and the Twitterverse have duly noticed that racial justice includes environmental justice, and that higher loads of pollution are an overwhelming factor in too many communities of color. But just because the problems are becoming well known doesn’t mean that solutions are obvious. How do we capitalize on heightened public interest in environmental justice to ensure that all people share equally in both the benefits and the burdens of American society?

By Melinda Downing, Marianne Engelman-Lado, Rev. Michael Malcom, Ruth Santiago, Gerald Torres and Tseming Yang
U.S. Department of Energy, Vermont Law School, The People's Justice Council, Comité Diálogo Ambiental, Inc., Yale School of the Environment, Santa Clara University
By: David P. Clarke

CEQ, EPA Turning Blind Eye to Much Critical Environmental Data.

By: Craig M. Pease

Science and the Value of Native Americans' Ancient World View.

By: Linda K. Breggin

Cities Compete for Businesses by Decarbonizing Their Grids.

By: Sally R.K. Fisk

When Science Is Influenced by Politics, It's Not Good for Business.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

The Incredible Benefits of the Clean Air Act's Half Century.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Trump Rollbacks Hit a New Snag: Incidental Take of Migratory Birds.

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

"Stand up for Nuclear".

By: Stephen R. Dujack

"The Ultimate Eco-Catastrophe".

By: Akielly Hu

See Your Colleagues' Job Changes and Honors Received.

By: Akielly Hu

The Judiciary accepts climate science, ELI study finds.

By: Kasantha Moodley

Citizen Science and Agency Activities.

By: Scott Fulton

Celebrating EPA on Reaching the Half Century Mark.