EcoPerspectives Blog

Conflict & Climate Change: The Real Triple C

By Luckie Milad, Staff Editor, VJEL*  You read this title and say to yourself, “There is no war in climate change!” “What? Scientists don’t go to war!” Often the discussions on climate change center around the environmental effects. Experts do not attribute climate change as a direct cause of war, but it is a catalyst… Read more »

Gray Wolf conservation in the Northern Rockies: Can we protect wolves and ranchers?

By David Jennings, 1L Student, Vermont Law School After hundreds of years of persecution in the United States, in 1978 the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) listed gray wolves (Canis lupus) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which gave them federal protection from hunting, killing, and otherwise harassing. Following this protection, in 1995 and… Read more »

COP23 Moves the Oceans from the Blue Zone to the Green Zone

This post is part of a series of blogs written by Vermont Law School students visiting Bonn, Germany as part of the Vermont Law School COP 23/CMP13 Observer Delegation.   By Val Fajardo, 3L Student at Vermont Law School. November 11, 2017 Oceans Action Day. The one day in a climate change conference where the… Read more »

Our Interim Energy Options During the Energy Transition: Natural Gas, Solar Power, WTE?

By Michael Hervey, 3L Staff Editor, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law             Lots of environmentalists have difficulty balancing our need to provide efficient energy with reducing the effects of climate change. The slow shift from fossils fuels, like oil and coal, to more green sources of energy hasn’t been exactly met with a warm reception… Read more »

Campaign Finance: The Gateway Reform

By Russell King, 2L Staff Editor, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law     Readers of this blog likely consider themselves environmentalists and are seeking environmental reform. The issues are effectively limitless: from restoring superfund to keeping coal ash out of our streams, from removing the petroleum industry’s categorical exemptions from NEPA to actually getting legislation to… Read more »

Net Metering: Subsidy or Compensation?

By Russell King, 2L Staff Editor, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law     As mentioned in a previous post, anthropogenic climate change poses a grave threat to civilization. We can, and thus ought to, curb the effects by releasing less greenhouse gasses (GHGs). In America, energy policy provides one avenue towards this goal: electricity generation produces… Read more »

Rethinking Hydropower: Infrastructure Based Generation

By Russell King, 2L Staff Editor, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law             Anthropogenic climate change is one of the world’s most pressing concerns. Conservative estimates show a societal cost of carbon that rises to $95 per ton by 2050, culminating in a yearly loss of 23% of the world’s GPD by 2100. This figure only… Read more »

American cultural narratives of the Arctic could undergird climate change denial

Summary: Vachula examines how public images and discourse of the Arctic may affect climate change skepticism in a recently published article in Media, Culture & Society. __________________________________________ By Richard S. Vachula, Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. In American popular culture,… Read more »

Desalination and Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency

President John. F. Kennedy once said, “If we could produce freshwater from saltwater at a low cost, that would indeed be a great service to humanity, and would dwarf any other scientific accomplishment.” However hopeful President Kennedy’s words were, he was referring to basic groundwater desalination projects, and not the centralized, large-scale projects of seawater… Read more »

Food Deserts In Appalachia: A Socio-Economic Ill and Opportunities for Reform

Summary: This post originally appeared in the Oxford Human Rights Blog on November 15, 2016. Food deserts constitute a public health phenomenon in which communities lack sufficient access to nutritious whole foods. The U.S. Appalachian region currently faces a food desert crisis of problematic proportions: this crisis stems from neoliberalism’s dire legacy and a rapidly… Read more »