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Reporting on COP: A New Dawn

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP22 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Julia Muench One year ago, parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement, expecting it to come into force over the next four years as individual nations went… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Can Trump Trump the Paris Agreement?

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP22 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By DJ Haskin “How do you see the future of the Paris Agreement without, possibly, you?” On Thursday, Venezuela posed this question to the U.S. delegation during the facilitative… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Human Mobility in the Face of Climate Change

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP22 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Beth Bootz Human mobility in the face of climate change is an issue that is closely linked to Loss and Damage (L&D). Under Article 8 of the Paris… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Opening the scope of NDCs – “Blue Opportunities”

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP22 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Roxana-Andreea Mastor In a press briefing [on November 8th], Natalya Gallo and Dr. Lisa Levin from the Scripps Institutions of Oceanography, USCD, Julio Cordano on behalf of Chile… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Farming for the Future – Climate Change and Food Security

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP22 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Tori Scozzaro The United Nations weather agency recently announced that the past five years have been the hottest on record, with increasing evidence showing that this is man-made… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Using the Paris Agreement to Incorporate Indigenous Peoples Knowledge into Climate Change Policies

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP22 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Hannah Solomon Panelists presenting [November 8th] on indigenous peoples knowledge outlined land use and resource management practices adopted by indigenous peoples that are viable and sustainable approaches to… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Finding Balance – The Future of Gender and Climate Change Under the UNFCCC

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP22 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Amy Pickering COP 22 has commenced! With the ratification of the Paris Agreement (PA) coming less than a year after the adoption of the Agreement (and four years… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Hurricane Matthew Underscores the Importance of Loss & Damage for Haiti and the Developing World Under the Paris Agreement

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP22 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Beth Bootz Earlier [in October], Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction, ravaging Haiti and the southeastern coast of the United States. In Haiti, the death toll is uncertain,… Read more »

Using the Free Market to Affect Change: An Argument for Environmental Taxes

The past two years have yielded unprecedented executive and regulatory engagement in the climate change discussion. In November 2014, the United States and China—two of the world’s most significant emitters—jointly committed to reducing their carbon emissions. In August 2015, the Obama administration announced the Clean Power Plan, which will implement national standards to govern carbon… Read more »

Anti-Green-Washing-Soft-Policy: A Comparison of Transnational Eco-Labeling

By Gabriela Steier and Madhvvi Mehta What are Eco-Labels? Eco-labels are soft-policy examples of progressive environmental policy with a consumer-empowering component. In fact, eco-labels illustrate powerful tools of consumer-driven environmental protection and show that green-washing can be stopped through soft law approaches. ISO standards, for instance, provide “practical tools for companies and organizations of all… Read more »