EcoPerspectives Blog

Reporting on COP: Backbone of the Paris Agreement has undertones in ICAO’s CORSIA scheme

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 Miranda Jensen International aviation emissions are not explicitly addressed under the Paris Agreement, but their successful regulation nevertheless relies on the same elements of transparency and... More...

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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 [caption id="attachment_5472" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dieu Nalio Chery/Associated Press[/caption] Earlier [in October], Hurricane Matthew left a path of destruction, ravaging Haiti and the southeastern coast of... 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... More...