Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Recent Federal Legislation -- through PL-321

Public Law No: 111-307; S.1421: Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act
Sponsor: Sen Levin, Carl [MI] (introduced 7/9/2009)
Cosponsors (9)
Committees: Senate Environment and Public Works
Senate Reports: 111-181
GPO: Text, PDF

Public Law No: 111-315; H.R.6184 : To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 2000 to extend and modify the program allowing the Secretary of the Army to accept and expend funds contributed by non-Federal public entities to expedite the evaluation of permits, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] (introduced 9/22/2010)
Cosponsors (13)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
GPO: Text, PDF

New Library Acquisitions -- Week of December 20, 2010

Climate Change
Reducing poverty, protecting livelihoods, and building assets in a changing climate : social implications of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean / Dorte Verner, editor

Energy Law
Energy and environmental project finance law and taxation : new investment techniques / edited by Andrea S. Kramer and Peter C. Fusaro

Environmental Economics
The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity : ecological and economic foundations / edited by Pushpam Kumar

Genetic Modification
Governing risk in GM agriculture / editors, Michael Baram, Mathilde Bourrier

Global Warming
Climatopolis : how our cities will thrive in the hotter future / Matthew E. Kahn

Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples and climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean / Jakob Kronik and Dorte Verner

Natural Resources Defence Council
A force for nature : the story of NRDC and the fight to save our planet / John H. Adams & Patricia Adams, with George Black ; foreword by Robert Redford

Global ocean management in partnership / Iris Wigger

Lawscape : property, environment, law / Nicole Graham

Sustainable Development
Sustainable development in world investment law / edited by Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Markus W. Gehring, Andrew Newcombe

Water Law
Privatizing water : governance failure and the world's urban water crisis / Karen Bakker

Chromium-6 Is Widespread in US Tap Water

Laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG) have detected hexavalent chromium, the carcinogenic “Erin Brockovich chemical,” in tap water from 31 of 35 American cities. The highest levels were in Norman, Okla.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Riverside, Calif. In all, water samples from 25 cities contained the toxic metal at concentrations above the safe maximum recently proposed by California regulators.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Second Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation -- CLE

Second Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation
February 7-8, 2011 | Boston, Massachusetts

This program will discuss these complex legal issues. Offering:

• Consideration of the implications of IRS scrutiny and strategy
• Things you might rarely consider in an easement template that are key to effective drafting
• Ways to help reframe the role of land trusts in balancing multiple global objectives
• A review of the five most important case developments and their implications
• Enforcement, prevention and strategies for dealing with angry landowners, aggressive neighbors and apprehensive boards
• Development of collaborative strategies to anticipate evolving challenges

-Staff and board of Alliance Member Land Trusts - $475
-Partners and others - $575
-Students - $325

Fee includes continental breakfast and training on Monday and Tuesday, course materials, and Monday evening reception.

11th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Our Changing Oceans

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) presents the 11th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Our Changing Oceans on January 19-21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Our Changing Oceans will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

This year, the conference will provide a forum to address the crisis facing our oceans, new knowledge and innovative tools to address the challenge, and the policy and governance needed to restore and protect the oceans.

Our Changing Oceans will bring together scientists, professionals, policy makers, university faculty and students, and educated citizens from a wide range of disciplines to share their perspectives and work to address the topic at hand.

NCSE utilizes a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to convene involved scientists and decision-makers from various sectors of society. Our conferences include renowned speakers, topical symposia to explore issues more in depth, and breakout sessions to develop a set of recommendations on how to advance science and connect it to policy and decision-making.

Our Changing Oceans is divided into eight themes, each with several breakout sessions and symposia.

Nonprofit Writing Stinks! Bring Your Writing Back to Life -- Webinar

Learn how to write like the smart, passionate person you are, instead of the wonky, dead-inside droid many nonprofit staff sound like!

Thursday, January 13, 2011
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Pacific)

Recent Law Review Articles -- December 2010

Kallen, Cid R. Comment. Local procedure contradicting legislative intent: where governmental processes fail to comply with requirements set forth by applicable statutes. 2 Phoenix L. Rev. 341-359 (2009).

Endres, A. Bryan and Michaela N. Tarr. United States food law update: initial food safety restructuring efforts, poultry production contract reforms and genetically engineered rice litigation. 6 J. Food L. & Pol’y 103-138 (2010).

Fershee, Joshua P. The geothermal bonus: sustainable energy as a by-product of drilling for oil. 85 N.D. L. Rev. 893-905 (2009).

Rice, Colleen J. North Dakota Century Code section 17-04-06: the first step toward a level playing field for wind projects and rural landowners. 85 N.D. L. Rev. 723-757 (2009).

Crofton, Peter M. Alternative fuels and developing nations: who will pay the piper? 24 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 185-207 (2010).

Adair, Robert L. Note. Monkeys and horses and ferrets...oh my! Non-traditional service animals under the ADA. 37 N. Ky. L. Rev. 415-439 (2010).

Breslin, Luke P. Comment. Reclaiming the glory in the ‘sport of kings’ — uniformity is the answer. 20 Seton Hall J. Sports & Ent. L. 297-330 (2010).

Kotloff, Eric. Note. All dogs go to heaven...or divorce court: New Jersey un”leashes” a subjective value consideration to resolve pet custody litigation in ... (Houseman v. Dare, 966 A.2d 24, 2009.) 55 Vill. L. Rev. 447-474 (2010).

Franckx, Erik. The legal regime of navigation on the Russian Arctic. 18 J. Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 327-342 (2009).

Joyner, Christopher C. The legal regime for the Arctic Ocean. 18 J. Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 195-245 (2009).

Molenaar, Erik J. Arctic marine shipping: overview of the international legal framework, gaps, and options. 18 J. Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 289-325 (2009).

Symposium: Arctic Law in an Era of Climate Change. Articles by Ted McDorman, Christopher C. Joyner, Timo Koivurova, Erik J. Molenaar, David L. VanderZwaag and Erik Franckx; comments by Kathryn Isted and Jennifer Kilinski. 18 J. Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 155-417 (2009).

Masarek, Adam. Comment. Treetop view of the cathedral: plant variety protection in South and Southeast Asian least-developed countries. 24 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 433-467 (2010).

Levinson, Ariana R. Lawyers as problem-solvers, one meal at a time: a review of Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. 15 Widener L. Rev. 289-300 (2009).

Sigman, Hilary. Environmental liability and redevelopment of old industrial land. 53 J.L. & Econ. 289-306 (2010).

Burleson, Elizabeth. China in context: energy, water, and climate cooperation. 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 950-967 (2010).

Harris, Paul G. China and climate change: from Copenhagen to Cancun. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10858-10863 (2010).

Chang, Hannah. Cap and trade under the Clean Air Act?: rethinking § 115. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10894-10904 (2010).

Mullins, Timothy J. and M. Rhead Enion. (If) things fall apart: searching for optimal regulatory solutions to combating climate change under Title I of the existing CAA if congressional action fails. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10864-10886 (2010).

Richardson, Nathan. International greenhouse gas offsets under the Clean Air Act. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10887-10893 (2010).

Maccabee, Paula Goodman. Mercury, mining in Minnesota, and Clean Water Act protection: a representative analysis based on the proposed PolyMet NorthMet Project. 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1110-1156 (2010).

Bowers, Nicholas D. Comment. California dreamin’? Why California’s 2006 climate change legislation may pave the way for a global greenhouse solution. 22 Temp. Int’l & Comp. L.J. 471-498 (2008).

Brewster, Rachel. Stepping stone or stumbling block: incrementalism and national climate change legislation. 28 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 245-312 (2010).

Gaynor, Kevin A., Benjamin S. Lippard and Margaret E. Peloso. Challenges plaintiffs face in litigating federal common-law climate change claims. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10845-10857 (2010).

Grossman, Margaret Rosso. Climate change and the law. 58 Am. J. Comp. L. 223-255 (2010).

Kilinski, Jennifer. Comment. International climate change liability: a myth or a reality? 18 J. Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 377-417 (2009).

Lightfoot, Thaddeus R. Climate change and environmental review: addressing the impact of greenhouse gas emissions under the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act. 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1068-1109 (2010).

Markell, David and J.B. Ruhl. An empirical study of climate change litigation in the United States. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10644-10655 (2010).

Schaefer, Jason. A market-based approach: the best way to transition to a new energy economy while meeting the responsibility to address global climate change—a North Dakota perspective. 85 N.D. L. Rev. 849-891 (2009).

Super wicked problems and climate change: restraining the present to liberate the future. Article by Richard J. Lazarus; responses by Keith Cole, Mary D. Nichols and Jeanette M. Soares; reply by Richard J. Lazarus. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10749-10767 (2010).

Badrinarayana, Deepa. India’s integrated energy policy: a source of economic nirvana or environmental disaster? 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10706-10712 (2010).

Riva Palacio Lavín, Antonio. Comments on the reforms to the Mexican energy laws of 2008. 15 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 629-650 (2009).

Cremer, Jacob T. Fighting the lure of the infinite: lease conservation easements at the urban fringe. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10687-10695 (2010).

Whalley, John and Sean Walsh. Post-Copenhagen negotiation issues and the North-South divide. 8 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 773-817 (2010).

Rowell, Arden. The cost of time: haphazard discounting and undervaluation of regulatory benefits. 85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1505-1542 (2010).

Ramlogan, Rajendra. Creating international crimes to ensure effective protection of the environment. 22 Temp. Int’l & Comp. L.J. 345-407 (2008).

Clark, Tony. If cap and trade is the answer, somebody is asking the wrong question: an evaluation of cap and trade in the North Dakota context. 85 N.D. L. Rev. 825-847 (2009).

Ezroj, Aaron. How cap and trade will fuel the global economy. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10696-10705 (2010).

Harrison, Rachel Feinberg. Comment. Carbon allowances: a new way of seeing an invisible asset. 62 SMU L. Rev. 1915-1944 (2009).

Goble, Dale D. A fish tale: a small fish, the ESA, and our shared future. 40 Envtl. L. 339-362 (2010).

Rethinking the ESA to reflect human dominion over nature. Article by Katrina Miriam Wyman; responses by Wm. Robert Irvin, Richard P. Johnson and Steven P. Quarles. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10803-10818 (2010).

Pierce, David E. Minimizing the environmental impact of oil and gas development by maximizing production conservation. 85 N.D. L. Rev. 759-779 (2009).

Schaefer, Jason. A market-based approach: the best way to transition to a new energy economy while meeting the responsibility to address global climate change—a North Dakota perspective. 85 N.D. L. Rev. 849-891 (2009).

Burger, Michael. “It’s not easy being green”: local incentives, preemption problems, and the market participation exception. 78 U. Cin. L. Rev. 835-889 (2010).

Deatherage, Scott D., et al. Environmental law. 62 SMU L. Rev. 1119-1148 (2009).

Environmental law updates. 17 Mo. Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 631-646 (2010).

Recent developments. In the Congress. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10922-10930 (2010).

Recent developments. In the courts. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10930-10931 (2010).

Recent developments. In the federal agencies. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10932-10935 (2010).

Recent developments. In the state agencies. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10935-10941 (2010).

Recent developments. In the Congress. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10819-10823 (2010).

Recent developments. In the courts. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10824-10825 (2010).

Recent developments. In the federal agencies. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10825-10829 (2010).

Recent developments. In the state agencies. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10829-10835 (2010).

Leibovitch, Emilie H. European Union food law update: a special look at the Treaty of Lisbon and its impact on European agricultural policy. 6 J. Food L. & Pol’y 139-149 (2010).

Nicholson, Wes. Comment. Getting to here: bioregional federalism. 40 Envtl. L. 713-764 (2010).

Kalaidjian, Willa. Comment. Fishing for solutions: the European Union’s fisheries partnership agreements with West African costal states and the call for effective regional oversight in an exploited ocean. 24 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 389-431 (2010).

Ketchum, Brandee. Splitting scales: conflicting national and regional attempts to manage commercial aquaculture in the Exclusive Economic Zone. 6 J. Food L. & Pol’y 1-30 (2010).

Watts, Daniel. Student article. Capping deforestation emissions in developing countries equitably and effectively. 8 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 819-856 (2010).

Johnston, Craig. Brief for Natural Resources Defense Council as amici curiae supporting respondent, Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, No. 09-475 U.S., 2010. 40 Envtl. L. 687-711 (2010).

Smith, Thomas C. Note. Global warming & common law tort claims: did the Fifth Circuit open up Pandora’s box. (Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, 585 F.3d 855, 2009.) 17 Mo. Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 559-587 (2010).

Fruth, Darrell A. and Joseph A. Ponzi. Adjusting carbon management policies to encourage renewable, net-negative projects such as biochar sequestration. 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 992-1013 (2010).

Symposium. Carbon Management and the Law. Foreword by Mehmet Konar-Steenberg; articles by Megan J. Hertzler, Mara N. Koeller, Elizabeth Burleson, Andrew Long, Darrell S. Fruth, Joseph A. Ponzi, Lisa Anne Hamilton and Thaddeus R. Lightfoot. 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 899-1109 (2010).

Foster, Elise. How the government can create incentives for archaeological site protection without an increase in spending: allow federal land managers to retain civil penalties and restitution collected in ARPA cases; make restitution in ARPA cases mandatory. 13 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 29-38 (2010).

Hutt, Sherry. The Archaeological Resources Protection Act at 30: permits for data recovery on federal lands, a law and policy analysis. 13 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 12-28 (2010).

Winter, Karly C. Note. Saving Bear Butte and other sacred sites. 13 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 71-84 (2010).

Koller-Armstrong, Lauren. Note. This land is our land: indigenous rights and rural development in Darién, Panama. 5 Fla. A&M U. L. Rev. 219-249 (2010).

Affolder, Natasha. The market for treaties. 11 Chi. J. Int’l L. 159-196 (2010).

Kyoto at the local level: federalism and translocal organizations of government actors (TOGAS). Article by Judith Resnik, Joshua Civin and Joseph Frueh; responses by Bill Becker, et al. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10768-10782 (2010).

Claeys, Eric R. Jefferson meets Coase: land-use torts, law and economics, and natural property rights. 85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1379-1446 (2010).

The quiet revolution revived: sustainable design, land use regulation, and the states. Article by Sara C. Bronin; responses by Lavea Brachman, et al. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10733-10748 (2010).

Roberts, Lori A. Topping palm trees in the name of CC&R enforcement: a proposal to temper CC&R enforcement with common sense. 51 S. Tex. L. Rev. 413-438 (2009).

Salcido, Rachael E. Law applicable on the outer continental shelf and in the Exclusive Economic Zone. 58 Am. J. Comp. L. 407-435 (2010).

Moorefield, Michael A. Note. The times are they a-changin’?: what Kivalina says about the state of environmental “political questions.” (Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., 663 F. Supp. 2d 863, 2009.) 17 Mo. Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 606-630 (2010).

Kim, In Hyeon. Korean maritime law update: 2009. 41 J. Mar. L. & Com. 369-383 (2010).

Lou, Huijie and Miao Li. Reviewing recent developments in Chinese maritime law. 41 J. Mar. L. & Com. 403-419 (2010).

Moreira, A. William, et al. Canadian maritime law update: 2009. 41 J. Mar. L. & Com. 317-344 (2010).

Wagener, Michael. South African maritime law update: 2009. 41 J. Mar. L. & Com. 385-402 (2010).

White, Michael and Alex Molloy. Australian maritime law update: 2009. 41 J. Mar. L. & Com. 283-315 (2010).

Giese, Collette L. Adkins. Spreading its wings: using the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to protect habitat. 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1157-1178 (2010).

Wilger, Shea. Note. Liability of national parks to visitors: ... (Lashley v. United States, 2006 WL 2788243.) 13 Great Plains Nat. Resources J. 55-70 (2010).

Grijalva, James M. and Daniel E. Gogal. The evolving path toward achieving environmental justice for Native America. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10905-10913 (2010).

Rosser, Ezra. Ahistorical Indians and reservation resources. 40 Envtl. L. 437-550 (2010).

Brown, Richard F. Oil, gas and mineral law. 62 SMU L. Rev. 1317-1344 (2009).

Solving the U.S. nuclear waste dilemma. Article by Richard B. Stewart; responses by Thomas B. Cochran, et al. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10783-10802 (2010).

Hatch, Benjamin D. Comment. Dividing the pie in the sky: the need for a new lunar resources regime. 24 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 229-294 (2010).

Holley, Cameron. Removing the thorn from new governance’s side: examining the emergence of collaboration in practice and the roles for law, nested institutions, and trust. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10656-10686 (2010).

Pendery, Bruce M. BLM’s retained rights: how requiring environmental protection fulfills oil and gas lease obligations. 40 Envtl. L. 599-685 (2010).

Scheel, Lindsey. Case comment. Oil and gas law—rent or royalties: North Dakota joins the majority of states in adopting the “at the well” rule for calculating royalties on oil and gas leases. (Bice v. Petro-Hunt, L.L.C., 768 N.W.2d 496, 2009.) 85 N.D. L. Rev. 919-942 (2009).

Mounteer, Tom. Dodging a bullet with the renewable fuels standard. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10635-10636 (2010).

Krienitz, Jay and Susan Damon. “The rivers belong to the people!”: the history and future of wild and scenic river protection in Minnesota. 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1179-1270 (2010).

Symposium. North Dakota Energy Law: The Production, Conservation, and Regulation of Our State’s Diverse Energy Sources. Introduction by Owen L. Anderson; articles by Colleen J. Rice, David E. Pierce, Ronald H. Rosenberg, Tony Clark, Jason Schaefer and Joshua P. Fershee; remarks by Christopher A. Schindler; case comment by Lindsey Scheel. 85 N.D. L. Rev. 715-942 (2009).

Ogolla, Christopher. What are the policy implications of use of epidemiological evidence in mass torts and public health litigation? 23 St. Thomas L. Rev. 157-186 (2010).

Rosenthal, Brent M. Toxic torts and mass torts. 62 SMU L. Rev. 1483-1497 (2009).

More, Joshua R. and Melinda W. Hahn. Making the case for causation in toxic tort cases: Superfund rules don’t apply. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10640-10643 (2010).

Long, Andrew. Tropical forest mitigation projects and sustainable development: designing U.S. law for a supportive role. 36 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 968-991 (2010).

Lord, Charles and Keaton Norquist. Cities as emergent systems: race as a rule in organized complexity. 40 Envtl. L. 551-597 (2010).

Lawson, Kameron M. Note. Washing machines, water efficiency, and federal preemption: California’s quest to regulate water consumption under the EPCA. (California Energy Commission v. Department of Energy, 585 F.3d 1143, 2009.) 17 Mo. Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 536-558 (2010).

Lewis, Matthew C. Comment. Thirsty for change: desalination as a practical and environmentally friendly answer to California’s growing water shortage. 44 U.S.F.L. Rev. 933-953 (2010).

Sanders, Aaron. Note. Decades of uncertainty end with error. (Entergy Corp. v. Riverkeeper, Inc., 129 S. Ct. 1498, 2009.) 17 Mo. Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 588-605 (2010).

Steinhoff, Gordon. Interpreting the Wilderness Act of 1964. 17 Mo. Envtl. L. & Pol’y Rev. 492-535 (2010).

Anderson, Arthur J. Zoning and land use. 62 SMU L. Rev. 1527-1544 (2009).

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Commercial Lighting Solutions Web Tool: Improve Your Building Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy's Commercial Lighting Solutions interactive Web tool provides best practices lighting solutions for offices and box retail in both new and existing buildings. The Web tool will benefit lighting practitioners and non-experts alike. Strategies include the use of high-performance commercially available products, daylighting, and lighting controls within integrated design examples. This Webinar will explore the tool's capabilities and how to get a detailed estimate of energy savings compared to energy codes or pre-existing conditions using equipment quantities, chosen lighting controls, and performance specifications.

Target Audience: Commercial builders, commercial business owners, architects, lighting designers, electrical engineers, electrical contractors, electrical distributors, energy program managers, lighting manufacturers, researchers, and educators.

Presenter: Carol Jones, Program Manager, Lighting, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Tuesday, December 14
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Easter

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Library Acquisitions -- Week of December 6, 2010

A river of waste [videorecording] : the hazardous truth about factory farms / Tumbleweed Arts presents ; a Don McCorkell film ; produced and directed by Don McCorkell

Sustainable development in practice : lessons learned from Amazonas / Virgilio M. Viana

Beastly natures : animals, humans, and the study of history / edited by Dorothee Brantz

Dead planet, living planet : biodiversity and ecosystem restoration for sustainable development : a rapid response assessment / Christian Nellemann (editor in chief), Emily Corcoran

Chesapeake Bay
Fight for the Bay : why a dark green environmental awakening is needed to save the Chesapeake Bay / Howard R. Ernst

Climate Change
Climate change and children : a human security challenge / UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in cooperation with UNICEF Programme Division

The climate fix : what scientists and politicians won't tell you about global warming / Roger Pielke, Jr

ClimateWire [electronic resource]

Fixing the sky : the checkered history of weather and climate control / James Rodger Fleming

Greenhouse governance : addressing climate change in America / Barry G. Rabe, editor

Smart solutions to climate change : comparing costs and benefits / edited by Bjørn Lomborg

Statehouse and greenhouse : the emerging politics of American climate change policy / Barry G. Rabe

Energy explained / Vikram Janardhan and Bob Fesmire

Energy Policy
Energy efficiency and renewable energies in town planning law = Energieeffizenz und erneuerbare Energien im Städtebaurecht / Stephan Mitschang (ed./Hrsg.)

Technological learning in the energy sector : lessons for policy, industry and science / edited by Martin Junginger, Wilfried van Sark, André Faaji

Environmental Policy
Knowledge and environmental policy : re-imagining the boundaries of science and politics / William Ascher, Toddi Steelman, and Robert Healy

Recasting transboundary fisheries management arrangements in light of sustainability principles : Canadian and international perspectives / edited by Dawn A. Russell and David L. VanderZwaag

International Law
A new environmental order : laying the legal and administrative foundation for global environmental governance / Deepa Badrinarayana

Environmental protection legislation : a collection of Israel's primary and subsidiary legislation on the protection of the ecology, in English translation, up-to-date as of August 1, 2008

Land Use
Managing the mountains : land use planning, the New Deal, and the creation of a federal landscape in Appalachia / Sara M. Gregg

NIMBY wars : the politics of land use / P. Michael Saint, Robert J. Flavell, Patrick F. Fox

Law of the Sea
Histoire des origines, des progrès et des variations du droit maritime international [microform] / par L.-B. Hautefeuille

Marine Resources
Ocean zoning : making marine management more effective / Tundi Agardy

National Parks
Uncertain path : a search for the future of national parks / William C. Tweed ; with a foreword by Jonathan B. Jarvis

New York State
New York State freshwater wetlands mapping [microform] : technical methods statement : prepared pursuant to article 24 of the Environmental Conservation Law

Peace Parks
Peace parks for mountain forests : the law and policy of transforming conflict to stewardship / by Elaine C. Hsiao, under the guidance of Professor Nicholas Robinson

SJD dissertation on public participation in South and North Korean environmental laws] / Byungchun So, Pace University School of Law

Risk Analysis
The application of the precautionary principle in practice : comparative dimensions / Joakim Zander

Principles of environmental sciences / edited by Jan J. Boersema, Lucas Reijnders

Water Resources
Introduction to water resources and environmental issues / Karrie Lynn Pennington, Thomas V. Cech

Annual Electric Power Industry Report data files

This is an electric utility data file that includes such information as peak load, generation, electric purchases, sales, revenues, customer counts and demand-side management programs, green pricing and net metering programs, and distributed generation capacity. The data source is the survey Form EIA-861, "Annual Electric Power Industry Report." Data for all years are final.

Wind Power Romania 2011

Wind Power Romania allows you to network with like-minded experts and hear case studies, not sales pitches, directly applicable to you and your business.
The programme has been shaped by the industry’s thought leaders and it will equip you with the knowledge you need to maintain your projects’ momentum throughout 2011:

■ Securing Project Finance: what are investors looking for? How can you avoid the traps that stall investment? Do you understand their appetite for risk and are you applying robust due diligence, bankability and risk assessments and developing credible cost benchmarks?
■ Doing business in the region: is your firm able to navigate local legislation to expedite Environmental Impact Assessments and relevant permits?
■ Connecting to the Grid: what are Transelectrica’s plans for the future? How will the system cope with the variability of wind power?
■ Leveraging new technologies: how will your company make use of techniques that will allow you to improve forecasting and reduce the risk of poorly-planned parks?
■ Legislative framework to support renewables: find out how the government will support development of Wind Parks as the legislation evolves to support RES targets.
■ Return on Investment: how will the market for green certificates evolve and what impact will they have on the viability and bankability of your projects?

The North Sea Countries' Offshore Grid Initiative Memorandum of Understanding

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today by 10 North Sea countries. The ten countries have committed to work together to identify and overcome the regulatory, legal, market, planning and technical issues involved in creating a North Sea grid.

2010 Report on Ethanol Market Concentration -- FTC

The market for ethanol fuel in the United States is still unconcentrated, with 160 firms nationwide either producing ethanol or likely to be in production within the next 18 months, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s 2010 report on the state of U.S. ethanol production. The FTC report is the agency’s sixth annual report on ethanol market concentration. In the report, staff calculated market concentration for the ethanol production industry using different measures. It concluded that as of September 2010, there were the same number of ethanol producers in the United States as were listed in the FTC’s 2009 report. The largest ethanol producer’s share of capacity increased slightly to 12 percent of domestic ethanol production capacity – above the 11 percent share in 2008 and 2009, but still below the largest producer’s capacity share, between 2000 and 2007, which ranged from 16 percent in 2007 to 41 percent in 2000."

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Food Security, Farming, and Climate Change to 2050: Scenarios, Results, Policy Options -- IFPI

This report by the International Food Policy Research Institute, copyright dated 2010, provides an analysis of the scope of climate change as it relates to food security, including who will be most affected and what policymakers can do to facilitate adaptation.

Using empirical analysis, the authors suggest that policymakers should take into account (1) the value of broad-based sustainable development, (2) the power of investments to enhance agricultural productivity, (3) the importance of an open world trade system, and (4) the need for early action on both adaptation and mitigation. As policymakers in the developing world well know, neither food security nor climate change can be viewed in isolation. This report will be indispensible to readers trying to tackle these inextricably linked issues.

Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades -- Webinar

This Department of Engery webinar explains the new Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades, which are currently open for public comment through January 7, 2011.

Start time 12/9/2010 3:00 PM EST
End time 12/9/2010 4:15 PM EST

Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades -- DOE

These guidelines by the Department of Energy are designed to foster the growth of a high quality residential retrofit industry and a skilled and credentialed workforce.

These voluntary guidelines will benefit for workers, homeowners, businesses, and training providers. Once finalized, the guidelines may be adopted by home energy retrofit programs nationwide seeking to increase the consistency and effectiveness of the work performed. They may also be utilized by training providers to improve course curriculum and other training materials.

Passing the starting line: nuclear construction risk -- Ernst & Young

This report from Ernst and Young finds that there is a growing momentum for investment in nuclear power, with 65 reactors1 under construction in 15 countries, a further 120 being actively pursued and many existing reactors being refurbished.

These major capital projects come with a multibillion-dollar price tag and a correspondingly high level of risk. To attract investment and earn a good rate of return, the nuclear industry needs to demonstrate that it can deliver these projects on time and on budget. Unfortunately, its track record in previous phases of investment has been weak. Should a significant number of these new projects fail, the entire industry could be penalized with higher financing costs and fewer investors.

The key is to focus on areas that matter the most, and to build in flexibility from the onset; for example:
• The regulatory environment: this represents one of the greatest risks to prospective nuclear new build, as changes can have a large impact on the viability of projects. We look at the importance of modeling the various contingencies that have to be built in from the start.
• Lack of planning: the classic mistake in the nuclear industry is to skimp on planning and rush into construction, but it’s in the early phases that project owners have the greatest chance to influence the project’s success.
• Operational experience: many utilities do not have the organizational expertise to deliver major capital programs due to the lack of recent experience with large-scale construction projects. Bringing in the right expertise to manage these projects is essential.

Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices -- Ernst & Young

Issue 27 of the Country Attractiveness Indices sees a new world order emerging in the clean energy sector – with China now the clear leader in the global renewables market, and also the inclusion of four significant new entrants to the CAI: South Korea, Romania, Egypt, and Mexico.

China’s record spending on its wind industry this quarter represented nearly half of all funds invested in new wind projects around the world. South Korea leads the new entrants to secure 18th position, on the back of its ambitious targets, strong incentives, and robust supply chain. Romania and Egypt both achieved a ranking of 22 as a result of their fast-growing wind markets, while Mexico completes the new line up, ranking 25th, benefiting from challenging targets and strong wind and solar resources.

The lead article discusses progress post the credit crunch, highlighting the differing pace of recovery between Western and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) nations, and analyzing the effect of commodity and carbon prices. This issue is supplemented by a technology focus article on solar CSP, discussing the key markets, the four major technologies, regulatory drivers and recent news.

Carbon capture and Storage Country Attractiveness Index -- Ernst & Young

The Ernst & Young Carbon capture and storage country attractiveness index provides scores for national energy markets, energy infrastructures and their suitability for CCS technologies. The index provides scores out of 100 and is updated on a regular basis. The methodology is based on the long running Ernst & Young Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index.

The long-term CCS index considers structural aspects of the energy market in each country which will impact on large-scale CCS deployment beyond 2015, such as the proportion of coalfired generation and proximity to geological storage. The nearterm CCS index takes a view until 2015 on the attractiveness of investing in CCS demonstration projects.

Emerging Economies – How the developing world is starting a new era of climate change leadership -- WWF

This report, dated November 2010, by the World Wildlife Federation examines emissions trends and climate action plans for five of the world’s largest developing economies - Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa.

It finds that overall these key emerging economies are acting with greater determination, ambition and energy than several countries in the developed world. But emerging economies could also do more to stave off the worst potential impacts of climate change and the report outlines for each country what the next moves could be.

Report to the President on Accelerating the Pace of Change in Energy Technologies Through an Integrated Federal Energy Policy

This report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, dated November 29, calls for the development of a coordinated government-wide Federal energy policy. The Council recommends a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) that could establish government-wide goals, coordinate actions across agencies, and identify the resources needed for the invention, translation, adoption, and diffusion of energy technologies.

The development of such a policy would enhance our energy security and create jobs as well as mitigate the risk of climate change. The report also urges a substantial increase in Federal support of energy-related research, development, demonstration, and deployment and suggests exploration of several new revenue options to provide this support.

The report ask that the Secretary of Energy prepare and implement the DOE component of the full interagency QER focused on energy technology innovation, promptly. In addition, it recommends organization and process changes that would accelerate progress toward energy innovations.