EcoPerspectives Blog

What’s Your Tech’s Impact on the Environment?

By Philip Deatherage We all contribute to the waste produced by the Information and Communication Industry. Our phone, tablet, computer, internet of things devices (devices with smart assistants like Alexa and Google Home, your WIFI enabled toaster, refrigerator and microwave), TVs, smart watches. Each day the list seems to grow as we add more technology… Read more »

Yellow Means Caution: Why the Paris “Yellow Vest” Riots Indicate Legislators Should Be Cautious with Carbon Taxes

By Andrew Dinwoodie In November 2018, thousands of protestors donned with yellow vests stormed the streets of Paris, France with the intent of protesting French President Emmanuel Macron’s fuel tax increases. While demonstrators protested other policies, Macron’s carbon tax policies initially caused the yellow vest riots.[1] These protests have forced the French government to deploy… Read more »

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. In Climate Justice: Case… Read 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 river systems of… Read 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 Muriel Bowser signed the… Read 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 effects. Penalties for cannabis… Read 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 is related, in part,… Read more »

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

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 these rocks to challenge… Read 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 states and the District of… Read 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 maximum extent possible. This pollution… Read more »