New Orleans, LA, September 30, 2010: This morning I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) deliver the Keynote Address focused on the Gulf oil spill and response at the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 18th Fall Meeting and Summit. Her [...]
Monthly Archive for September, 2010
by Jamie Van Nostrand Today’s New York Times features an article about Tocco da Casauria, Italy, where the town installed four wind turbines and now generates 30 percent more electricity than it uses. The revenues produced by the excess generation — about 170,000 euros annually — is used by the town to pay for garbage [...]
David Cassuto (x post from Animal Blawg) Thirty-some years ago, researchers attempting to determine if tobacco smoke was toxic put mice in boxes filled with smoke. The mice didn’t develop cancer at the rate human smokers did. One could conclude that tobacco was not a carcinogen but, of course, that would be wrong. The problem [...]
David Cassuto x post from Animal Blawg Belgium is pretty cool. Ghent is an absolutely beautiful city, filled with the kind of stunning architecture that one might expect to see in European cities better known for their visual splendor. And did you know that Ghent was the second-largest city in Europe (behind Paris) for quite [...]
States and cities are increasingly requiring new construction to be “green.” Construction statistics also reflect a tremendous growth in voluntary green constructon. But the public reliance on private certification programs like LEED (TM) makes some uneasy.
Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 27th, 2010
by Alexandra Dunn The Pace Law Library announces its acceptance of the papers of Dorothy Miner and the creation of the Dorothy Miner Historic Preservation Archive. The Law Library will create an archive of Ms Miner’s papers and related items. Dorothy Miner was a legal innovator who developed legal protection for historic landmarks nationwide. She [...]
by Richard Ottinger The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is an organization of more than 140 universities world-wide that have substantial environmental law programs. It is headquartered at the University of Ottawa, Canada. For more information, see www.iucnael.org. Each year the Academy holds a Colloquium on an important topic of environmental law, this year it [...]
Posted in Emerging Issues on Sep 21st, 2010
by Karl Coplan Kiplinger carried a report last week suggesting that Generation Y (20-30 year olds) are buying fewer cars than previous generations of Americans. This generation, apparently, is less likely to see a car as a necessity and more likely to take public transportation than their elders. Tellingly, Generation Y also perceives driving to [...]
by Alexandra Dunn An interesting article in Saturday’s New York Times referred to new laws in 17 states required reduced phosphate levels in consumer products to protect receiving water quality. Dozens of soapmakers have reformulated household (and soon commercial) dishwashing detergents to dramatically reduce phosphate content levels. The fact that new state laws have yielded [...]
When considering what states can do to address climate change, the U.S. Constitution must be a primary consideration. In fact, a number of unique state and local efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been struck down by courts for violating various provisions of the U.S. Constitution. Pace Law School’s class on “State and Regional Climate Initiatives” explores these issues.