Oct 21 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: A Discussion of the Indian Point Nuclear Plant and Global Warming Creates Hope for More Oil Exploration in Arctic Sea

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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 02 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Irene Slams the East Coast and Exxon Wins Oil Deal in Russia

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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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Feb 18 2011

Twitter Link Round-Up: Chevron Fined for Amazon Pollution and Royalties for Gold and Silver

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

– NYT: @nytimes BP responds to criticism of oil spill settlements by saying if anything, they are too generous http://nyti.ms/hkM54B

– BBC: @BBCNews The sale of publicly owned forests in the UK has been stopped, with an apology from the environment sec. http://bbc.in/eI6VfM

– WWF: @WWF WWF and @Guardian series on business transitioning to sustainable practices http://su.pr/1rhmTR (RT)

– NYT: @nytimes Russia is jumping into the offshore Arctic drilling business and US companies are following http://nyti.ms/gGgzBJ

– NYT: @nytimesgreen The UN warns that food shortages caused by climate change are driving instability in many regions http://bit.ly/fXfd8r #

– Interior Dept: @Interior Sec. Salazar announces $749 million for state fish & wildlife projects: http://bit.ly/gJSYF5 (RT) Continue Reading »

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Nov 26 2010

Update on the Tiger Summit

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On October 25, I first wrote about an international summit to save the tiger.  That summit, the highest-level gathering ever held on behalf of a single species, has been completed, with some significant success.  The leaders of the 13 nations that make up the tiger’s range came to St. Petersburg to discuss measures that could be taken to bring the tiger back from the brink of extinction.  The most significant goal reached was for doubling the tiger population by 2022, a plan which was approved by Russia and China on Tuesday.  Tigers, which only have about 3,200 individuals in the wild and three subspecies that have already gone extinct, are threatened by habitat loss and poaching.  Both problems are very hard to stop police.  Pressure is also being placed on private actors such as Apple who uses the iconic animals on their software.  Below are more articles regarding this historical step toward saving the tiger.

Scientific American: “Russia, China Pledge to Save the Tigers”

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday agreed with other Asian nations to try to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022 and save it from extinction.

Just 3,200 tigers now live in the wild, down from 100,000 a century ago, and those that remain face a losing battle with poachers who supply traders in India and China with tiger parts for traditional medicines and purported aphrodisiacs.

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Oct 25 2010

Hot Topics This Week

Mountaintop removal mining

The EPA is moving forward with its plans to revoke a mining permit for the largest mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia: Spruce No. 1.

Environmentalists are cautiously rejoicing as the Environmental Protection Agency takes a step toward vetoing a permit for the highly contended Spruce 1 mountaintop removal coal mine, which would be run by Arch Coal.  If it went through, it would be the largest mine of its kind ever stretching 2,278 acres; an economic boon to the county but an environmental disaster according to some.  The permit in question, one required under the Clean Water Act that would allow the mine to use “valley fills” to dump the materials removed during the mining process, was granted in 2007 under the Bush administration, but the EPA is considering whether to veto that permit before the mine can get fully underway.  The concern is that the coal sludge and mountain debris that is produced by the process of mountaintop removal mining would be pushed into the valleys, destroying streams and potentially infecting the water system.  Arch Coal has proposed that they create new streams to replace the ones filled in, but the EPA is concerned that those streams couldn’t replicate the diversity of fish and plants that are currently supported by the natural streams.  With the high amount of biodiversity in the region, this is a real concern.  A final decision is expected by the end of this year. Continue Reading »

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