Posts By: Admin Editor

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 »

Hope Remains with GMO Food Labeling Efforts

By Bonnie Smith On the evening of July 7—one week after Vermont celebrated its labeling law for genetically engineered (GE) foods going into effect—the U.S. Senate voted 63-30 to approve a federal GE food “labeling” bill. Today, the House of Representatives voted 306-117 to approve the bill. Unfortunately for Vermont and any other state that… Read more »

A Sea Full of Trash: Tackling the Plastic Problem

________________________________________ By Morgana Matus This post is cross-posted on FIX. Beyond the landfills and trash heaps moldering in almost every town and city across the globe, manmade garbage has found its way into the natural landscape on a mind-boggling scale. It seems as though there are virtually no places left on Earth free of our… Read more »

No News is Not Good News for BLM’s Proposed Rule on Hydraulic Fracking on Federal and Tribal Lands

Summary: The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) highly controversial proposed rule would establish baseline environmental safeguards for the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas on federal and Indian mineral lands. Although BLM’s proposed rule is a good first step in creating a uniform federal scheme for regulating hydraulic fracturing, after about a year of sifting through… Read more »