The Environmental Forum

Volume 40 Issue 5

September-October 2023

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Solar Panels

OPENING ARGUMENT Too often in an effort to save Mother Nature, we forget about human nature. Solving problems with rolling out clean renewable energy is less a matter of the physical sciences than the social sciences—overcoming users’ habits and project resistance at the local level.

By Joel B. Stronberg
JBS Group

With a SIDEBAR by Danielle Stokes of Unversity of Richmond

Duluth, Minnesota

CROSS-EXAMINATION When climate change forces an exodus from affected regions, where will the displaced go? This is a worldwide issue and also one that will affect the United States internally, as coasts flood and high temperatures and water shortages force domestic relocation.

By Ira Feldman
Adaptation Leader

With a SIDEBAR by Brian Falk of the PLACE Initiative

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COVER STORY Communities have not been able to prove discriminatory intent in inequitable environmental burden cases, but they may be successful in securing equitable environmental benefits by using the laws effectively and by engaging in collaborative problem-solving.

By Barry E. Hill
Environmental Law Institute

SIDEBARS by Hilary Jacobs of Beveridge & Diamond and Emily Bergeron of University of Kentucky

In Cancer Alley, huge chemical plants often have citizens as neighbors. Getty Images.

TESTIMONY The agency was on the cusp of cleaning up Cancer Alley. Then it backed down. Documents obtained by the online publication Grist reveal the sweeping changes that EPA was negotiating before giving in to GOP pressure.

By Lylla Younes
The Debate: The New Toxic Substances Control Act Is Now Five Years Old: A Report

THE DEBATE From the snail darter case to the spotted owl and similar controversies today, the ESA has been engulfed in controversy for much of the half century since its passage. And its record of accomplishment in recovering imperiled species is checkered. Meanwhile, not envisioned by its drafters are threats like climate change and novel diseases that can wipe out whole populations. We asked a panel of experts with long experience in the ESA for their suggestions on improving species recovery and biodiversity preservation.

By Derb S. Carter Jr., Holly Doremus, J.B. Ruhl, Sean Skaggs, Melinda E. Taylor and David S. Wilcove
Southern Environmental Law Center, University of California, Berkeley, Vanderbilt Law School, Ebbin Moser + Skaggs LLP, University of Texas School of Law, Princeton University
By: David P. Clarke

Searching for Solutions to Permit a Carbon-Free Energy Transition.

By: Craig M. Pease

Where Statutory Language Turns Up Missing, Don’t Invoke Science.

By: Linda K. Breggin

State Outdoor Recreation Offices Garner Rare Bipartisan Support.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Energy Transition Will Confront Legal and Policy Impediments.

By: Bethany A. Davis Noll

Green Amendments: Lessons From Hawai’i, New York, and Montana.

By: Bruce Rich

Brazil’s Forest: Governance, Indian Reserves, and Narco-Deforestation.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Policy Implications of Overshooting Global Temperature Increase Goals.

By: Stephen R. Dujack

Environment Silent Victim of War in Ukraine, for Decades to Come.

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

G. Tracy Mehan III Examines an Enforcement Epiphany.

By: Jordan Perry

See Colleagues' Job Changes and Honors Received.

By: Rachel Jean-Baptiste

Six Conservationists Win National Wetlands Awards.

By: Nick Collins

Nick Collins on Fiction and the Future of Plastic.