EcoPerspectives Blog

You Can’t Check This Box: A Win for Environmental Justice

by Jerry Thomas             In a stark contrast to the decision in St. Francis Prayer Ctr. v. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (hereafter, Select Steel), the Fourth Circuit in Friends of Buckingham v. State Air Pollution Control Board delivered a major victory for environmental justice (EJ). Select Steel created something called the rebuttable presumption defense; because… Read more »


by Jacqueline R. Waller Environmental Justice is the latest civil rights movement in the United States. Can someone say, “Finally!” But what is environmental justice? Environmental justice is the fight for equal environmental protection under the law, that includes the right to work and play in safe and healthy communities, and communities free of life-threatening… Read more »

Origin of Livestock Provision in Nat. Organic Program

By Alida Mooney Walking up to Kiss the Cow farm is like strolling into a children’s book. Nestled into the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains, Kiss the Cow is home to nine milking cows, five heifers, and a hearty colony of chickens, turkeys, and ducks darting between the legs of the farmers and scuttling around…. Read more »

Pesticide Warning Labels: We Need Transparency

By Kenny Bozarth             In its most recent review, the EPA concluded that Roundup is safe if used as directed.[1] Further, the EPA found that there are no risks to children who play in residential areas treated with Roundup.[2] The EPA states there is no evidence that glyphosate-based weed-killers cause cancer by considering a “significantly… Read more »

We Need Lawyers that ‘Speak Science’ Now More than Ever!

By Erin Miller On Thursday, March 26, 2020, the EPA released a statement explaining that they will stop enforcing environmental regulations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented decision to put in place a temporary policy which gives the EPA discretion to refrain from enforcing civil violations during this pandemic will certainly have long lasting… Read more »

Changes to Renewable Energy Growth: The Death of the ITC and Decline in Production from COVID-19

By Brian Pattison The largest growing source of energy generation in the world is currently renewable energy.[1] An EIA report from January, 2019 forecasts that renewable energy will continue to increase at a sharp rate as coal-fired and nuclear generation decreases each year.[2] Utility-scale solar is expected to grow by 10% in 2019 and an… Read more »

Earth Day’s 50th Sees Explosion in Rights of Nature Movement Worldwide

Linda Sheehan, April 2020 The 50th anniversary of Earth Day, expected to be celebratory, arrives at a somber moment. COVID-19 human tragedies continue to ravage communities, and UN Environment warns that “nature is sending us a message” we must heed to avoid future pandemics. This Earth Day demands both deep reflection and bold action…. Read more »

Carbon-Labeled Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner

Carbon-Labeled Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner Ethan Pauling* Seared, juicy, cooked to a rosy medium with a mouth-watering aroma, and carbon-labeled¾that’s how I like my steaks. If you drive across the great state of Texas, you will see ranch after ranch after ranch. As someone who was born on a farm in Iowa and grew… Read more »

End Game for the Kids Climate Case?

By: Patrick Parenteau, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School What is most striking about the 9th Circuit’s split decision in Juliana v United States is not the result—dismissing the case on the ground that the court lacked the power to award the transformative relief the youth plaintiffs were seeking—but the utter dismay expressed by the… Read more »

Moving Away from Glyphosate: Environmental and Health Effects and Potential Alternatives

By Lauren Sandford Roundup is one of the most convenient and popular weed killers in the world. After the creation of its active ingredient glyphosate in 1950, the product quickly became a widely-used herbicide because of its ability to kill weeds without harming nearby crops. Since Roundup’s 1974 debut, however, users have come to realize… Read more »