EcoPerspectives Blog

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...

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... 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... 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... 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... More...