EcoPerspectives Blog

Desalination and Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency

President John. F. Kennedy once said, “If we could produce freshwater from saltwater at a low cost, that would indeed be a great service to humanity, and would dwarf any other scientific accomplishment.” However hopeful President Kennedy’s words were, he was referring to basic groundwater desalination projects, and not the centralized, large-scale projects of seawater… Read more »

Food Deserts In Appalachia: A Socio-Economic Ill and Opportunities for Reform

Summary: This post originally appeared in the Oxford Human Rights Blog on November 15, 2016. Food deserts constitute a public health phenomenon in which communities lack sufficient access to nutritious whole foods. The U.S. Appalachian region currently faces a food desert crisis of problematic proportions: this crisis stems from neoliberalism’s dire legacy and a rapidly… Read more »

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 »

Is Avoiding Climate Change Causing a Market Bubble?

By Breanna Hayes When a person buys stock in a company, they are buying a share of that company’s assets. Therefore, if a company owns $30 million in assets and issues 5 million stock, each stock entitles its owner to $6 worth of equity. When stock is sold, however, the price is not necessarily its… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Just Peace through Climate Action

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 Jenny Leech This year, the COP demonstrated the priority of climate justice by recognizing the first official Climate Justice Day on the UNFCCC Programme. The celebration of Climate… Read more »

Reporting on COP: Are Human Rights Lost and Damaged?

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 Jonas Reagan Loss and Damage (L&D) includes the permanent loss of land, culture, and human life and will escalate existing tensions over increasingly scarce resources. This tension will… Read more »

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 global stocktake… Read 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 nations went… Read 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 facilitative… Read 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 the Paris… Read more »