Mar 09 2013

Climate Change: Remember That?

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Lately, it seems like the climate change discussion prompted by Sandy has slowed down. But a new report has shown that global temperatures are now the highest they’ve been in 4,000 years and I think it’s an appropriate time to remind everyone that climate change is very real and a very important issue. To that end, this new infographic from LearnStuff.com was brought to my attention that I think is a great reminder of what we face if we do nothing. Continue Reading »

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Nov 23 2012

News This Week: Climate Change Threatens Thanksgiving and the World Bank Warns that 4 Degrees of Warming would be Catastrophic

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Photo by Kelci Block

A carbon tax has long been bandied about as perhaps the best and least controversial (though still incredibly controversial) option for reducing emissions that contribute to climate change. However, a carbon tax is trickier to implement effectively than most believe. [Grist]

Climate change may ruin your Thanksgiving along with everything else. For example, drought in the Midwest may make wheat too scarce to feed the quarter of a billion turkeys we eat every year.  [Mother Jones] [Grist]

Two international treaties regarding sharing multi-national rivers could become reality in the coming months. Such treaties are important to prevent upstream countries from building dams and performing other actions that harm their downstream neighbors. [Yale 360]

The World Bank has published its first major statement on climate change since the leadership changed in July. It emphasized the scientific underpinnings supporting climate change and refuted the idea that action on climate change is antithetical to economic development. It’s conclusion: four degrees of warming must be avoided to prevent immense suffering. [Scientific American] [Think Progress] [Scientific American (2)]

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Nov 16 2012

News This Week: Preventing Flooding in Sandy’s Aftermath and BP Reaches a Settlement

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Normally, this post would be served by posting a digest from the Twitter feed at @WMELSBlog. However, presumably due to the API changes Twitter made, the add-on that creates that digest is not working. So, keep an eye on the twitter feed for all the stories we’re posting and in the meantime, I’ll be making these shorter collections of big news stories from the week.

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BP, the oil company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf, will plead guilty to the 14 criminal charges leveled against it  and pay over $4 billion in penalties. This settlement does not cover any federal civil charges that may be pending, including those for damage to natural resources. It also does not include fines under the Clean Water Act, which could amount to over $21 billion. [New York Times]

It goes almost without saying that sound levees are important, especially during hurricanes. Surprisingly, however, in New Jersey there is no state agency in charge of overseeing the levees and the levees would have to get to an incredible state of disrepair before the federal government would step in to fix them. [NPR]

New York City is considering building a movable steel barrier to keep future flooding, like what happened during Hurricane Sandy, out of low-lying areas. The project could cost up to $29 billion dollars including having to shore up the areas around the barrier. [New York Times]

Evidence suggests that the world needs to reduce its carbon emissions more and faster to avoid the catastrophic warming of the globe. One estimate found that even if we doubled the current rate of reduction, we will experience a 6 degree warming before the end of the century. [Scientific American]

In other NYC flooding news, the Gowanus Canal flooding has caused concerns about health and safety problems in the neighborhood. Gowanus Canal is one of the most contaminated bodies of water in the country and a Superfund site. [New York Times] Continue Reading »

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Oct 12 2012

Twitter Link Round-Up: Environmental Issues in SCOTUS and Indonesian Palm Oil Increasing CO2 Emissions

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

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Sep 28 2012

Twitter Link Round-Up: Decision in Kivalina v. Exxon and House Passes “Stop the War on Coal Act”

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

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Sep 21 2012

Twitter Link Round-Up: Makers of Pink Slime Sue and Elephant Slaughter on the Rise

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Afraid you missed something interesting in the world of environmental law?  Read on for a (non-comprehensive) list of articles posted on our Twitter feed @WMELSBlog.

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