EcoPerspectives Blog

Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical: The Environmental Reader’s Digest Version

Summary: In his May encyclical, Pope Francis called for swift global action on climate change. He linked science, morality and church doctrine to do so.  Now, citizens around the globe are taking action. __________________________________________ By Ashton Roberts On May 24, 2015 Pope Francis used his encyclical as a vehicle to call for a sweeping transformation… Read more »

The Dirty Truth of Michigan v. EPA

Summary: The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Michigan v. EPA is a shift for this historically Clean Air Act-friendly Court. It is the first “anti-environmental” decision in the CAA realm since their 2007Massachusetts v. EPA ruling. Here, the Court concluded that EPA must consider compliance costs when determining whether to regulate toxic emissions from power plants, rather than… Read more »

Crushing Ivory for Elephant Conservation

 Summary: The United States Fish and Wildlife Service held its second Ivory Crush in Times Square in June. The event helped raise awareness about the illegal ivory trade, and the threat it still poses to African elephants. While interning in NYC, I was able to attend the event, and this post describes my experience, as… Read more »

Nuclear Energy and Drought: A Recipe for Disaster

Summary: Nuclear energy is one of the most debated subjects in the environmental policy and legal world.  Questions that often arise are: Is it safe?  Is it sustainable?  Can it serve as a bridge to moving away from fossil fuels?  However, what is often overlooked is the impact of nuclear power on our water systems,… Read more »

Can Cities Decide What “Healthy” Means?

Summary: Sacramento has called on Californians to reduce water usage as the state enters its fourth year of drought. While many parties bicker about how we should allocate water, municipalities have brought vanity into the arena. Many cities are willing to adopt new cutbacks, but others are reluctant to change appearance requirements in their zoning… Read more »

The Dam(age) Stops Here: The Public Trust and Dam Removal


 Summary: Unfortunately for many fish, dams are the end of the river. It doesn’t have to be that way: Dam removal is becoming more common across the country. However, the mechanisms for initiating dam removal are not always efficient. Current dam removal mechanisms are expensive, involve many parties, and can take several years to get the… Read more »

Ski Resort Rivers find a Friend at the ENRLC

Summary: The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic is constantly involved in cases that benefit our environment locally and beyond. Rachel Stewart was a student clinician on the Jay Peak Stormwater team and worked to protect polluted rivers around Jay Peak Resort. The work of student clinicians and the staff at the ENRLC resulted in a… Read more »

Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management Releases Final Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing on Public and Tribal Lands

Summary: The Depart of the Interior recently released its final rule on hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands. Because many states have no comprehensive fracking regulation in place, the federal rule will become the only governing authority in many parts of the country. However, several groups recently filed suit against the Department over the… Read more »

A Tree is Uprooted in Brooklyn: No Land Security for New York City’s Community Gardeners


Summary: New York City’s community gardens form an integral part of life in many of the City’s neighborhoods. However, many current community gardens are at risk of being “evicted” from the City land on which they are located. In order to promote the benefits of community gardening, the City should afford greater legal protections and… Read more »

James Michener’s Chesapeake Bay Was A+

“And there is was, the Chesapeake — a magical place…where the fish wear precious shells!” -James Michener (1907-1997) — American Author & Pulitzer Prize Winner (1948)   Summary: The beauty and bounty of the Chesapeake Bay watershed has never been more at risk. After decades of ineffective, voluntary efforts, and despite powerful opponents, six states… Read more »