EcoPerspectives Blog

Ready for COP: And Now We Wait…

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Sara Barnowski Delegates and negotiators have worked around the clock for days (weeks, months, and years for some) to put together an agreement with prospects of being adopted…. Read more »

Ready for COP: No Red Lines, But a Green Light for Adaptation and Loss and Damage

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Annie Warner At this morning’s Comité de Paris meeting, COP President Laurent Fabius channeled Nelson Mandela, saying: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” At tonight’s COP meeting, Parties… Read more »

Ready for COP: Salient Suggestions: Incorporating Oceans into 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 COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Annie Warner “We are at a tipping point,” warned Angus Friday, Grenada’s Ambassador to the United States, in today’s side event on “The Importance of Addressing Oceans and… Read more »

Ready for COP: Clambering Up the Tower of Babel to Reach the Paris Package

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Bonnie Smith Imagine a room full of delegates from 196 different countries waiting to begin a high-stake negotiation. The cacophonous sound of conversations in dozens of languages reverberates… Read more »

Ready for COP: The Secret Weapon Against Climate Change? Family Planning

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Kelsey Bain Family Planning may be the most cost-effective weapon against climate change. At least according to a new report from the University of California, San Francisco’s Bixby… Read more »

Ready for COP: COP21 Begins in 24 Hours: Will a Paris Agreement [Decrease] [Solve] [Do Nothing On] 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 COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By  Professor Tracy Bach If all politics are local, but greenhouse gases find their way into the atmosphere’s international space, how can the global community act collectively on climate… Read more »

“Almost no nation is stretching”

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By  Professor Tracy Bach So says Bill McKibben in his recent New Yorker article chronicling the political shift on climate change he sees occurring right now.  McKibben points to three recent events as… Read more »

Ready for COP: Economic growth and 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 COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Madhavi Venkatesan Each generation inherits a world that was created out of beliefs contemporary and relevant to a certain time. These beliefs affect prevailing values; values, which become… Read more »

Ready for COP: Growing Pains: Are GMOs an Adaptation Solution for Growing, Hungry Populations Affected by 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 COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Bonnie Smith Chronic hunger plagues 805 million people worldwide. Although this is 100 million less than 10 years ago, the future of food security remains uncertain in the face… Read more »

Ready for COP: Saying Goodbye to Cultural Landmarks

The following article is part of an Eco-Perspective special in which the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law is collaborating with the VLS COP21 Observer Delegation __________________________________________ By Kelsey Bain Sea-level rise is an unavoidable threat facing our planet in the coming century. Even avoiding increasing global temperatures above 2°C likely wont save us from a… Read more »