The Environmental Forum

Volume 38 Issue 5

September-October 2021

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The Circular Economy Runs Through Basel

LEAD FEATURE But revisions to the hazardous waste convention are needed to manage new sustainability challenges, and the United States needs to adopt implementing legislation and thereby become a party.

By Paul Hagen, Russell LaMotte and Dacie Meng
Beveridge & Diamond, PC, Beveridge & Diamond, PC, Beveridge & Diamond, PC

With SIDEBARs from the treaty secretariat and an independent analyst. 

The Water Poor

CENTERPIECE They are the hundreds of millions of people across the planet who have no access to safe drinking water or basic sanitation. We have the technology in hand. The major barrier lies in financing both capital investment for facilities and their ongoing operating costs.

By Michael Curley
Environmental Law Institute

With a SIDEBAR from a consultant bringing safe drinking water to Maharashtra, India.

Building Solar Justice

COVER STORY “We have this abundant renewable resource at our fingertips. How can we make it something that drives economic development in communities that have been excluded from the clean energy sector?”

By Philip Warburg
Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy

With SIDEBARs from two solar advocates bringing power to the underserved.

A Toxic Legacy

TESTIMONY Most of a 33-acre property in a historically Black neighborhood in rural Virginia is cleared of contaminants caused by a defunct chemical company and is ready for use. Overcoming the stigma associated with a Superfund site is quite another challenge.

By Heidi Nolte Brown
The Debate: Net-Zero by 2050: How Should We Achieve a Carbon-Free U.S. Economy?

President Biden has called for the United States to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid century. That will require all but eliminating the use of fossil fuels and transitioning the nation’s vehicle fleets, buildings, factories, work places, and businesses to electricity for all energy needs. This is a huge undertaking, requiring excellent governance going forward. Our panel points to the big issues at stake.

By Rachel Fakhry, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Michael B. Gerrard and Roger Martella
Natural Resource Defense Council, Fletcher School, Tufts University, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, General Electric
By: David P. Clarke

FERC Could Soon Be Building a Transmission Line to the Future.

By: Craig M. Pease

Too Much Science in Ranching, Farming, Forestry, Public Lands Management.

By: Linda K. Breggin

Developments May Influence Track of Chesapeake Bay Restoration Job Trajectory.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Debate Over Social Cost of Carbon-Driven Regulations Is Heating Up.

By: Bethany A. Davis Noll

Last Term’s High Court Decisions Hint at an Incremental Strategy.

By: Bruce Rich

Bird Poop and Sovereignty at Bay: The Strange Fate of Navassa Island.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Addressing the Competitiveness Impacts of Pollution Regulations.

By: Stephen R. Dujack, By: Akielly Hu

A Progress Report From the War on Science — and the Environment.

By: Oliver Houck

On Hidden Story of Chernobyl Disaster.

By: Akielly Hu

Newest Winners of ELI’S National Wetlands Awards.

By: Scott Fulton

On Pandemic’s Lessons for Work Future.