EcoPerspectives Blog

WHEN COURTS MEET NATURE: A REAL CASE ON RIGHTS OF NATURE

WHEN COURTS MEET NATURE A REAL CASE ON RIGHTS OF NATURE Hugo Echeverría - Environmental Lawyer* Ecuador A SUI GENERIS CASE It took place in Ecuador between 2012 and 2015. It happened in a remote area, a frontier-area with many socio-environmental conflicts where law enforcement is challenging. There, a local Court addressed a case about a shrimp... More...

Asbestos Use in the United States

By Anna Suarez, an environmental advocate focused on raising awareness about asbestos and public health. Summary: Asbestos use in the United States is not a topic at the forefront of the public’s focus, but one that still affects Americans today. By addressing the history of this mineral’s use we can better... More...

It’s Time to Stop Kicking the Can and Ban Canned Hunting

By David Jennings, 1L Student, Vermont Law School Typically, canned hunting involves going to a game ranch or reserve, paying a fee, and hunting the animal(s) of your choice within the convenient confines of that ranch. South Africa is notorious for attracting foreigners to its canned hunts, but this practice is... More...

Climate Activists Argue Criminal Acts Legally Excusable Under Necessity Doctrine

By Dan Wilcox, Senior Notes Editor, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law Upcoming cases will provide U.S. justice system first glimpse of juries’ taste for climate action necessity On October 11, 2016, in an effort known as #ShutItDown, a group dubbed the “Valve Turners” traveled to five remote locations in North Dakota, Minnesota,... More...

EPA Administrators Now and Then

By Zac Halden 3L Student, Vermont Law School The President has the power to appoint the administrators of the administrative agencies.[1] This power allows the President to dictate the role of the EPA by appointing an administrator that will direct the agency in a way that meets the president’s goals and expectations.... More...

Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sector: A Cap-and-Invest Approach

This post is part of the Environmental Law Review Syndicate, a multi-school online forum run by student editors from the nation’s leading environmental law reviews.  __________________________________________ Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Transportation A Cap-and-Invest Approach  James D. Flynn* Introduction In recent years, states in New England and the mid-Atlantic region... More...

Conflict & Climate Change: The Real Triple C

By Luckie Milad, Staff Editor, VJEL*  You read this title and say to yourself, “There is no war in climate change!” “What? Scientists don’t go to war!” Often the discussions on climate change center around the environmental effects. Experts do not attribute climate change as a direct cause of war, but... More...

Gray Wolf conservation in the Northern Rockies: Can we protect wolves and ranchers?

By David Jennings, 1L Student, Vermont Law School After hundreds of years of persecution in the United States, in 1978 the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed gray wolves (Canis lupus) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which gave them federal protection from hunting, killing, and otherwise harassing. Following this... More...

COP23 Moves the Oceans from the Blue Zone to the Green Zone

This post is part of a series of blogs written by Vermont Law School students visiting Bonn, Germany as part of the Vermont Law School COP 23/CMP13 Observer Delegation.   By Val Fajardo, 3L Student at Vermont Law School. November 11, 2017 Oceans Action Day. The one day in a climate change conference where... More...

Our Interim Energy Options During the Energy Transition: Natural Gas, Solar Power, WTE?

By Michael Hervey, 3L Staff Editor, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law             Lots of environmentalists have difficulty balancing our need to provide efficient energy with reducing the effects of climate change. The slow shift from fossils fuels, like oil and coal, to more green sources of energy hasn’t been exactly met... More...