The Environmental Forum

Volume 32 Issue 6

November/December 2015

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The people of Bangladesh are already suffering from the effects of global warming, serving as an early-warning indicator of its ultimate imprint on humanity as a whole. But for right now, the developed world owes the poor countries assistance in their struggle.

By Barry E. Hill and Caitlin O'Sullivan
Vermont Law School

The Clean Power Plan’s success hinges on reformation of the transmission lines that link generators and consumers of electrical energy. Congress has the responsibility for creating a durable policy framework for the 21st century’s power infrastructure.

By Peter Behr

With a SIDEBAR by Howard A. Learner of the Environmental Law & Policy Center

Good governance and the rule of law are the code words of Scott Fulton, ELI’s new chief executive, summarizing a career spent mostly in government implementing those precepts. They are also the axioms that imbue the Environmental Law Institute, making him a close fit with the organization.

By Stephen Dujack
Environmental Law Institute

In a few weeks, the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will convene in Paris to hammer out for the first time an accord that will have binding targets for almost all nations, industrialized and developing alike. We polled some of the leading thinkers and activists involved in the climate change negotiations, asking them what the United States needs to do to realize an agreement that we can live with — one that protects the environment and also wins favor in the Senate and among the American public.

By Joseph E. Aldy, John D. Graham, Gary S. Guzy, Bob Inglis, Jennifer Morgan and Jake Schmidt
Harvard Kenny School, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Covington & Burling LLP,, World Resources Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA, citizen-developers are fighting back against doubtful Clean Water Act enforcement actions. Two subsequent lower-court decisions provide backing for the public in developing alleged wetlands.

By Damien M. Schiff and Sarah T. Babcock
Alston & Bird LLP
By: Linda K. Breggin

A new position and new programs are facilitating cooperation and coordination.

By: Stephen Dujack

100 years old, Einstein's revolution in gravity traces to the upcoming climate accord.

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

Tracy Mehan and a water revolution.

ELI hosts key panel at Swedish water event.

By: Scott Fulton

Scott Fulton on the need for a neutral, creative presence.

By: David P. Clarke

In Alaska, Obama pitches climate action for a region at grave risk.

By: Richard Lazarus

Three different presidents, five different district courts, and three different circuit courts.

By: Robert N. Stavins

Greater ambition is more easily realized when costs are low.

By: Ann R. Klee

In a transformation of the EHS function, we cut costs while improving service.

By: Craig M. Pease

Nitrogen by itself is inert. But add other chemicals and it becomes an evil character.

By: Gabrielle Williamson

A protective measure can potentially have anti-environmental consequences.

By: Read Porter