EcoPerspectives Blog

SB44 – Next Steps After Paris

Summary: Parties to the UNFCCC gathered over the last two weeks for their mid-year meeting in Bonn, Germany to attempt to translate the recent treaties into substantive government policies.  At center stage, was the recent Paris Agreement and its future effects as the parties begin to merge its elements with the UNFCCC’s Kyoto protocol and other… Read more »

Women Dominate Leadership Positions for UN Climate Change Negotiations

Summary: Women have emerged as the most influential figures in the UN’s Convention on climate change. Female diplomats from Saudi Arabia and New Zealand have been elected to co-chair the fledgling APA, which develop guidelines pursuant to the recent Paris Agreement. __________________________________________ By Bonnie Smith For the first time ever, women dominate the most influential… Read more »

Stewardship as a Social Value

Summary: Conscious consumption is each individual’s responsibility. Understanding what we consume and how we facilitate the commoditization of life is a necessity if we are to promote the modification of social values to include holistic stewardship of our planetary resources. __________________________________________ By Madhavi Venkatesan, PhD All life has intrinsic value. Human life may be able… Read more »

Appalachia in Crisis: A Human Rights Approach to Environmental Justice in the U.S.

Summary: This post originally appeared in the Oxford Human Rights Blog on April 18, 2016. The systemic collapse of the U.S. coal extraction industry has scarcely been of benefit to the subordinated Appalachian citizenry. However, tangible socio-legal progress may be achieved in the Appalachian region vis-à-vis a critical human rights approach to environmental justice issues…. Read more »

Federal Fracking Waste Regulatory Commission, or Nah?

Summary: Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is not well-regulated in the United States, even though regulations exist at federal and state/local levels. This author recently published an article in which he argues the need for a federal commission, similar to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to regulate fracking wastewater (link provided in the text below). The… Read more »

Cyber(in)security: An Environmental Calamity Lying in Wait?

Summary: Cyberattacks pose obvious threats to infrastructure and financial institutions, but they also create major environmental threats. Any dam, chemical plant, or nuclear power plant that uses computers is a savvy hacker away from being an environmental disaster. __________________________________________ By Mark Latham Cyberattacks occur today with alarming frequency. They can happen anywhere a computer performs… Read more »

COP 21: A Kyoto Protocol Redux?

Summary: Prior to the Conference of Parties in Paris, this blog shared weekly stories about the intricacies of the compact that would come from the Conference. The environmental law world buzzed with optimism as late November neared. Less than four months from the release of the Paris agreement, Professor Mark Latham does not share the… Read more »

You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar: How the Tragic Death of One Lion May Provide Protection for Candidate Endangered Species and Answer Controversial Questions about Trophy Hunting

Summary: After Cecil the Lion was killed during a trophy hunt last summer, Congress proposed the CECIL Act. The CECIL Act has the potential to create a new layer of protection for candidate species. The study which is being requested as part of this bill may help determine whether or not trophy hunting actually benefits endangered… Read more »

Chemical Used to Make Teflon is Causing a Sticky Situation in West Virginia and Ohio

Summary: An Ohio jury awards $1.6 million after finding DuPont liable for dumping toxic chemicals into drinking water near its Washington Works Plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a definitive standard allowable for the chemical, C8, in drinking water even though it is hazardous to human health, making… Read more »

5 Tips for Going Green That Will Save You Money

Summary: Many people believe being green costs more money. Here are 5 ideas that will help you go green without breaking the bank either. __________________________________________ By Jessica Kane Many people want to go green but they don’t know where to start, or it seems to be an overwhelming task. It is possible to preserve and… Read more »