Posts By: Web Editor

The Trump Watch: What Does the New Administration Portend for the Environment?

 Mark Latham and Rachel Oest The results are in. Following one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in our history, the people have spoken—or at least the Electoral College has spoken. Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote by over two million votes, but she lost the election. Try explaining that to your new… Read more »

A 133 Billion Pound Burden—Who’s Doing the Heavy Lifting?

Summary: Good samaritan food laws across the country provide liability protection for those who donate food. Unfortunately, families who depend on such donations pay a dramatic cost if they become ill because of simple negligence. __________________________________________ By Sarah Munger In 2010, the United States wasted an estimated 133 billion pounds of post-harvest food.1 Of that, 43 billion pounds… Read more »

The Power of Policy

Summary: While many law students graduate and become litigators, judges, or an attorney who plays another role in the judicial branch, some law students set their sights on the other two branches of government – the legislative and executive branches. We need lobbyists and policy advisors to assist our legislators so that the science necessary… Read more »

Stranded Assets v. the Social Cost of Carbon: The Tortured Economics of Climate Change

Summary: If there is one thing the fossil fuel industry, the government, and climate change activists might agree on it is this: in the end it all comes down to money. Oil, gas and coal companies, and their investors, are terrified of leaving fossil fuels in the ground. As to issue of climate change as a whole,… Read more »

Home-Rule Hope: A Community Guide to Keeping Hydraulic Fracturing Off Local Property

Summary: In 2011, the city of Munroe Falls, Ohio sought to prevent Beck Energy Corporation from drilling until the company complied with the city’s relevant municipal ordinances. The citizens voted to create an ordinance that would ban hydraulic fracturing from the city’s territory. Subsequent cases challenged such ordinances, and such cases attempted to answer whether the… Read more »

Wyoming’s Data Trespass Laws Trample First Amendment Rights: A Preview

Summary: In 2015, the Wyoming Legislature passed two new laws creating criminal and civil causes of action for trespassing to collect resource data. Over the last year, the laws have undergone intense public scrutiny, culminating with several NGOs suing Wyoming to have the laws repealed on First Amendment grounds for restricting environment-based speech. __________________________________________ By… Read more »

HEAT UP THOSE LEFTOVERS, NOT THE PLANET

Summary: Food waste is  a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. By encouraging food donation and streamlining food-recovery policies the federal government can build a national framework to combat the massive accumulation of food waste and begin to change people’s food-waste habits. __________________________________________ By Bonnie Smith Every year Americans punt enough… Read more »

Climate Justice and International Migration Issues: An intersectional approach

Summary: With climate change looming in the background of all international affairs, issues involving economic justice are often not given appropriate consideration. Climate refugees are a reality and will increase in volume as the climatic changes continue to reshape our planet. The intersection of human rights and environmental law must be considered if international governmental… Read more »

SB44 – Next Steps After Paris

Summary: Parties to the UNFCCC gathered over the last two weeks for their mid-year meeting in Bonn, Germany to attempt to translate the recent treaties into substantive government policies.  At center stage, was the recent Paris Agreement and its future effects as the parties begin to merge its elements with the UNFCCC’s Kyoto protocol and other… Read more »

Women Dominate Leadership Positions for UN Climate Change Negotiations

Summary: Women have emerged as the most influential figures in the UN’s Convention on climate change. Female diplomats from Saudi Arabia and New Zealand have been elected to co-chair the fledgling APA, which develop guidelines pursuant to the recent Paris Agreement. __________________________________________ By Bonnie Smith For the first time ever, women dominate the most influential… Read more »