EcoPerspectives Blog

Dam-Racing in South Asia: The Environmental Disasters Waiting to Happen (Part 3)

By Nadia Ahmad* These concerns about the environment and climate change management impact choices investors and international financing institutions make regarding hydroelectricity projects. The Report of the World Commission on Dams (WCD) altered perspective of the effect of large dams on the relationship between human development, environmental protection, and human rights.... More...

All Dams Will Die

By Olivia Deans Destruction by Hydropower Dams “We erect dams assuming that they are eternal, as if they’ll never topple over or be dismantled or fill with sediment or lose their financial rational. Yet all dams will die.” The United States once rapidly built hydropower dams that fractured the large and small... More...

How Practical are the Goals of the District’s Omnibus 100% Clean Energy Law by 2032?

By Twisha Balasubramanian* Following suite with California and Hawaii’s increased Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), the Nation’s capital— the District of Colombia, proposed an increase in RPS from 50% to a 100% by year 2032. This legislation was introduced on July 10, 2018. Less than a year later, on January 18th Mayor... More...

Colorado’s Cannabis Laws and Environmental Benefits

By Sedona Chavez* In early 1900, Colorado’s legislature made cannabis use and production illegal within the state. Cannabis includes both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana can have up to 40% THC levels, which can induce psychoactive effects when ingested, while hemp only has up to 0.3% THC levels, which cannot induce psychoactive... More...

Reassessing Climate Justice and Energy Security Between India and Pakistan: The Curious Case of the Kalabagh Dam (Part 2)

By Nadia Ahmad* In South Asia, deployment of sustainable energy is less a matter of technology and more about easing regional tensions between Pakistan and India. As a result of the nations’ contentious history, it is difficult to foresee any future agreements. The disparity between the economies of Pakistan and India... More...

Supreme Court Granted Certiorari to a Clean Water Act Case: Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui

Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawai‘i

By Savannah Rose Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawai‘i is one of Maui’s signature beaches. During the 18th century, only royalty could go onto this beach. The legend is that the Black Rock cliffs are a place for the soul to enter the spirit world. Long ago, King Kahekili bravely jumped from... More...

Go Green; Grow Outside: The Risks of Unregulated Energy Use in Indoor Cannabis Production

By Chester Harper Cannabis is quickly becoming a global phenomenon. Despite some backwards slides in recent years, it is difficult to argue against the inexorable shift towards recognizing cannabis as a legitimate recreational and medical substance. Today, 10 U.S. States and District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis use. Thirty-four... More...

Incentivizing Ecosystem Services: Agroecology as a Solution to Agricultural Nonpoint Source Water Pollution

by Lizzie Fainberg Common agricultural practices in the United States contribute a significant amount of pollution to the environment. Agriculture is a leading cause of water pollution in the United States. Large farm operations across the nation commonly use large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides to increase yield to the... More...

Considering Climate Risks and the Indus Waters Treaty in the 2019 India-Pakistan Showdown (Part 1)

By Nadia B. Ahmad In the early hours of February 26, 2019, Indian air forces crossed the Line of Control into Pakistan and conducted a series of coordinated air strikes against a “Jaish-e-Muhammad training camp” in the area, saying “a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and groups... More...

How the Endangered Species Act is Helping to Restore the Klamath River Basin

By Dave Jennings The Klamath River Basin (KRB) covers an area of 15,700 square miles across California and Oregon in the Pacific Northwest. The KRB is recognized as having exceptionally high biodiversity, particularly for birds. Fish are another important ecological component of the KRB, with 83 fish species are found throughout.... More...