Monday, February 28, 2011

One Million Electric Vehicles By 2015 -- DOE

This report from the Department of Energy dated February 2011 finds that President Obama’s goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 represents a key milestone toward dramatically reducing dependence on oil and ensuring that America leads in the growing electric vehicle manufacturing industry. Although the
goal is ambitious, key steps already taken and further steps proposed indicate the goal is achievable. Indeed, leading vehicle manufacturers already have plans for cumulative U.S. production capacity of more than 1.2 million electric vehicles by 2015, according to public announcements and news reports.

While it appears that the goal is within reach in terms of production capacity, initial costs and lack of familiarity with the technology could be barriers. For that reason, President Obama has proposed steps to accelerate America’s leadership in electric vehicle deployment, including improvements to existing consumer tax credits, programs to help cities prepare for growing demand for electric vehicles and strong support for research and development.

Getting Warmer: US CO2 Emissions from Power Plants Emissions Rise 5.6% in 2010

This Environmental Integrity Project paper argues that carbon dioxide emissions from power plants rose 5.56% in 2010 over the year before, the biggest annual increase since the Environmental Protection Agency began tracking emissions in 1995. Electricity generators released 2.423 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2010, compared to 2.295 billion tons in 2009, according to information available on EPA’s “Clean Air Markets” database. While the increase is worrisome, power plant emissions are still below the high water mark of 2.565 million tons set in 2007. Last year’s rise was driven in part by a 3.0% net increase in overall generation for the 12 months ending in November of 20102 Average global temperatures last year reached the 2005 level, the warmest year on record., due to the economic recovery and unusually warm weather in some parts of the country.


This video from the National Film Board of Canada describes the Great Lakes affect us all. "As species of fish disappear and rates of birth defects and cancer rise, it seems one thing is clear: the Great Lakes are changing and something's not quite right with the water...Superior to the Atlantic Ocean, through the lives of some of the 35 million people who rely on the lakes for survival. Providing Earth with 20 percent of its surface fresh water and its third largest industrial economy, the Great Lakes are a unique and precious resource under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, evaporating water and profound apathy. They are also one of the planet's great preserves of extraordinary wilderness beauty and a bounty of unique species."

National Enforcement and Compliance Strategy Informational Background fro Energy Extraction

This document published by the NY Times "is a confidential Environmental Protection Agency draft document on the environmental impacts of the oil, gas and coal industries. It shows that federal authorities are concerned about public drinking water supplies in the region of the Marcellus Shale, an especially abundant natural gas reserve that stretches from Virgina up to the southern half of New York State. The document also suggests that the environmental impacts from the oil and gas industry are likely to grow in the coming year."

New Library Acquisitions -- Week of Feb. 28, 2011

Crop chemophobia : will precaution kill the green revolution? / Jon Entine, editor

Fraser's penguins : a journey to the future in Antarctica / Fen Montaigne

Animal Law
Animal ethics in context / Clare Palmer

The polluters : the making of our chemically altered environment / Benjamin Ross, Steven Amter

Climate Change
Changing climates, earth systems and society / John Dodson, editor

Climate change policies : global challenges and future prospects / edited by Emilio Cerdá and Xavier Labandeira

In the wilds of climate law / edited by Rosemary Lyster

Universities and climate change : introducing climate change to university programmes / Walter Leal Filho, editor

Handbook of environmental accounting / edited by Thomas Aronsson and Karl-Gustaf Löfgren

Energy Policy
Crossing the energy divide : moving from fossil fuel dependence to a clean-energy future / Robert U. Ayres, Edward H. Ayres

Environmental Protection Agency
Effective EPA advocacy : advancing and protecting your client's interests in the decision-making process / Richard Stoll

Gulf Oil Spill
Blowout in the Gulf : the BP oil spill disaster and the future of energy in America / William R. Freudenburg and Robert Gramling

Historic Preservation
Giving preservation a history : histories of historic preservation in the United States / edited by Max Page and Randall Mason

International Law
Global governance of the environment : environmental principles and change in international law and politics / Afshin Akhtarkhavari

Multilateral environmental agreements : state of affairs and developments

International Trade
Climate change and trade : taxing carbon at the border? / Daniel Gros and Christian Egenhofer in collaboration with Noriko Fujiwara, Selen Sarisoy Guerin and Anton Georgiev

Natural Gas
Gasland [videorecording] / [a film by Josh Fox] ; an International WOW Company production [in association with HBO Documentary Films] ; written and directed by Josh Fox ; produced by Trish Adlesic ; producers, Josh Fox, Molly Gandour

Outer Space
The law of outer space : an experience in contemporary law-making / by Manfred Lachs ; edited by Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Stephan Hobe

Energy law in Peru / José Antonio Honda

Petroleum Industry
Fuel [videorecording] / Cinema Libre Studio in association with Blue Water Entertainment, Open Pictures, and Hero BX present ; produced by Greg Reitman ... [et al.] ; written by Johnny O'Hara ; directed by Josh Tickell

Risk Analysis
The reality of precaution : comparing risk regulation in the United States and Europe / edited by Jonathan B. Wiener ... [et al.]

Roosevelt, Theodore
Colonel Roosevelt / Edmund Morris

Geostatistics explained : an introductory guide for earth scientists / Steve McKillup, Melinda Darby Dyar

Sustainable Development
Sustainable development : towards a judicial interpretation / by Rajendra Ramlogan

United Nations
Expanding the mandate of the UN Security Council to account for environmental issues / Lorraine Elliott

Water Resources
Out of the mainstream : water rights, politics and identity / edited by Rutgerd Boelens, David Getches and Armando Guevara-Gil

Water as a human right? / John Scanlon, Angela Cassar and Noémi Nemes

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Recent Law Review Articles -- February 2011

Raso, Connor N. and William N. Eskridge, Jr. Chevron as a canon, not a precedent: an empirical study of what motivates justices in agency deference cases. 110 Colum. L. Rev. 1727-1817 (2010).

Smith, Craig. Taking “due account” of the APA’s prejudicial-error rule. 96 Va. L. Rev. 1727-1765 (2010).

Hemingson, Tate L. Why airlines should be afraid: the potential of cap and trade and other carbon emissions reduction proposals on the airline industry. 75 J. Air L. & Com. 741-773 (2010).

Bynum, Marvin C. II. Testing the waters: assessing Wisconsin’s regulatory climate for offshore wind projects. 93 Marq. L. Rev. 1533-1585 (2010).

Schroeder, Erica. Comment. Turning offshore wind on. 98 Cal. L. Rev. 1631-1667 (2010).

Stromberg, Scott F. Has the sun set on solar rights? Examining the practicality of the Solar Rights Acts. 50 Nat. Resources J. 211-253 (2010).

Simpson, Brett. International involvement in preservation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest: context, constraints and scope. 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 39-59 (2010).

Blumenfeld, Rachel. Dog baiting abatement: using nuisance abatement to regulate dogfighting. 17 Sports Law. J. 1-26 (2010).

Marsden, Simon. Book review. (Reviewing Klaus Bosselmann, The Principle of Sustainability — Transforming Law and Governance.) 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 147-150 (2010).

Foster, Robert B. The better part of valor is co-location: recent developments in judicial review of land use regulation of cellular telecommunications under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. 42 Urb. Law. 595-606 (2010).

Jekic, Milos. Lowering the jurisdictional bar: a call for equitable-factors analysis under CERCLA’s timing-of-review provision. 59 U. Kan. L. Rev. 157-190 (2010).

Franklin, Charles L. Dispersant scrutiny mirrors larger debate over U.S. chemical control policy. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11142-11146 (2010).

Struwe, David Robert. Muddying the waters of the Clean Water Act: applying Chevron deference to the CWA pollutant permit regulatory scheme in ... (Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, 129 S. Ct. 2458, 2009.) 29 Temp. J. Sci. Tech. & Envtl. L. 171-204 (2010).

Carlarne, Cinnamon. Climate change, cultural heritage & the oceans: rethinking regulatory approaches to climate change. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 271-293 (2009).

Case, Lauren. Comment. Climate change: a new realm of tort litigation, and how to recover when the litigation heats up. 51 Santa Clara L. Rev. 265-298 (2011).

Coleman, Felicia C. and Laura E. Petes. Getting into hot water: ecological effects of climate change in marine environments. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 337-357 (2009).

Fraley, Jill M. Re-examining acts of God. 27 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 669-690 (2010).

Griffin, Ronald C. A prairie perspective on global warming and climate change: the use of law, technology, and economics to establish private sector markets to compliment Kyoto. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 95-135 (2008).

King, Katherine. Climate change and the Inuit: a melting of actions into a cloudy mess. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 481-510 (2009).

Knox, John H. Climate change and human rights law. 50 Va. J. Int’l L. 163-218 (2009).

Leary, David. The corporatisation of international responses to climate change: the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 17-37 (2010).

Lovins, L. Hunter. Climate capitalism: the business case for climate protection. 27 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 735-779 (2010).

Inabinet, Hollis. Finding common ground on shifting sands: coastal zone regulatory bodies, governance, and program effectiveness in South Carolina. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 429-456 (2009).

Thompson, Michael J., Jr. A time to protect: revising Louisiana Mineral Code Article 122 to protect coastal restoration projects. 56 Loy. L. Rev. 413-445 (2010).

Briese, Robyn. Climate change mitigation down under: legislative responses in a federal system. 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 75-114 (2010).

Clarke, Pepe and Carine David. New provincial environmental legislation in New Caledonia: continuity and reform in environmental governance in a French Pacific territory. 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 135-145 (2010).

Marsden, Simon. Environmental impact assessment in Hong Kong: an evaluation of principles, procedures and practice post-1997. 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 115-133 (2010).

Shearing, Susan. Australia’s national heritage law framework under review. 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 1-15 (2010).

Signet, William D. Grading a revolution: 100 years of Mexican land reform. 16 Law & Bus. Rev. Am. 481-530 (2010).

Simpson, Brett. International involvement in preservation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest: context, constraints and scope. 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 39-59 (2010).

Babcock, Hope M. Corporate environmental social responsibility: corporate “greenwashing” or a corporate culture game changer? 21 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 1-78 (2010).

Firger, Daniel M. Transparency and the natural resource curse: examining the new extraterritorial information forcing rules in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010. 41 Geo. J. Int’l L. 1043-1095 (2010).

Guruswamy, Lakshman. State responsibility in promoting environmental corporate accountability. 21 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 209-237 (2010).

Welly, Nicholas D. Enlightened state-interest—a legal framework for protecting the “common interest of all mankind” from Hardinian tragedy. 36 J. Space L. 273-313 (2010).

Coppolecchia, Elizabeth K. The greenwashing deluge: who will rise above the waters of deceptive advertising? 64 U. Miami L. Rev. 1353-1405 (2010).

Fliegelman, Jessica E. The next generation of greenwash: diminishing consumer confusion through a national eco-labeling program. 37 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1001-1056 (2010).

Bennett, Lisa. Are tradable carbon emissions credits investments? Characterization and ramifications under international investment law. 85 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1581-1617 (2010).

O’Brien, Garrett. One-stop certification: the Turk Plant and understanding Arkansas’s major utility facility siting certification process. 63 Ark. L. Rev. 579-618 (2010).

Riti, Christopher. Three sheets to the wind: the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit, congressional political posturing, and an unsustainable energy policy. 27 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 783-821 (2010).

Rodgers, William H., Jr. and student Anna T. Moritz. The worst case and the worst example: an agenda for any young lawyer who wants to save the world from climate chaos. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 295-335 (2009).

Recent developments. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11161-11174 (2010).

Recent journal literature. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11175-11176 (2010).

Wood, Mary Christina. “You can’t negotiate with a beetle”: environmental law for a new ecological age. 50 Nat. Resources J. 167-210 (2010).

Taylor, Kelly F. A trickle of cash for the river of grass: federal funding of comprehensive Everglades restoration, a critique and a proposal. 64 U. Miami L. Rev. 1407-1439 (2010).

Sanders, Joseph. Applying Daubert inconsistently?: proof of individual causation in toxic tort and forensic cases. 75 Brook. L. Rev. 1367-1404 (2010).

Pokladowski, Brian. The effects of the Great Lakes Compact on the water resources of Michigan. 11 J. L. Soc’y 110-137 (2009/2010).

Argue, David A. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill and seafood prices. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11111-11114 (2010).

Batker, David, et al. Gaining ground: wetlands, hurricanes, and the economy: the value of restoring the Mississippi River Delta. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11106-11110 (2010).

Binder, Denis. Lessons from the BP emergency action plan in action. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11115-11120 (2010).

Craig, Robin Kundis. The Gulf oil spill and national marine sanctuaries. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11074-11078 (2010).

Houck, Oliver A. Worst case and the Deepwater Horizon blowout: there ought to be a law. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11033-11040 (2010).

Kalen, Sam. The BP Macondo Well exploration plan: wither the Coastal Zone Management Act? 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11079-11083 (2010).

Light, Alfred R. Designing the Gulf Claims Facility in the shadow of the law: a template from the Superfund § 301(e) Report. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11121-11128 (2010).

Norse, Elliott A. and John Amos. Impacts, perception, and policy implications of the Deepwater Horizon oil and gas disaster. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11058-11073 (2010).

Presnall, Carrie, Laura López-Hoffman and Marc L. Miller. Can the Deepwater Horizon Trust take account of ecosystem services and fund restoration of the Gulf? 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11129-11131 (2010).

Simon, Jonathan and Jennifer Owen. The policy and regulatory response to Deepwater Horizon: transforming offshore oil and gas leasing? 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11084-11089 (2010).

Burns, William C.G. Belt and suspenders?: the World Heritage Convention’s role in confronting climate change. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 359-396 (2009).

Harding, Virginia M. Burnham, water, and the Plan of Chicago: a historical explanation of why water was ignored and the consequences of ignoring water. 43 J. Marshall L. Rev. 413-437 (2010).

Halbrook, Stephen P. The constitutional right to hunt: new recognition of an old liberty in Virginia. 19 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 197-233 (2010).

Sing’ Oei, Abraham Korir and Jared Shepherd. ‘In land we trust’: the Endorois’ Communication and the quest for indigenous peoples’ rights in Africa. 16 Buff. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 57-111 (2010).

Malloy, James S. and John M. Sylvester. Insurance coverage for global warming liability claims. 45 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L.J. 811-838 (2010).

Telesetsky, Anastasia. Insurance as a mitigation mechanism: managing international greenhouse gas emissions through nationwide mandatory climate change catastrophe insurance. 27 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 691-734 (2010).

Welti, Tyler. Market sovereignty: managing the commodity of sovereign rights. 21 Geo. Int’l Envtl. L. Rev. 337-366 (2009).

Tabau, Anne-Sophie and Sandrine Maljean-Dubois. Non-compliance mechanisms: interaction between the Kyoto Protocol system and the European Union. 21 Eur. J. Int’l L. 749-763 (2010).

Rourke, Jim. Note. Letters of inconsistency: Southeast Resource Recovery, Inc. v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and loss of local discretion in landfill siting. (Southeast Resource Recovery, Inc. v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 595 S.E.2d 468, 2004.) 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 397-427 (2009).

Gowder, W. Andrew, Jr. and Bryan W. Wenter. Recent developments in exactions and impact fees: who pays for new schools, fair housing, and clean air? 42 Urb. Law. 615-625 (2010).

Henderson, Wesley E. Annexation in South Carolina. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 235-269 (2008).

Hirokawa, Keith H. and Ira Gonzalez. Regulating vacant property. 42 Urb. Law. 627-637 (2010).

Salkin, Patricia E. No protectable property interest in making land use decisions and other ethics in land use issues 2009-2010. 42 Urb. Law. 649-663 (2010).

Sullivan, Edward J. Recent developments in comprehensive planning law. 42 Urb. Law. 665-676 (2010).

Wilson, Paul D. and Noah C. Shaw. The judge as cartoon character whose hat flies into the air: the “shocks the conscience” standard in recent substantive due process land use litigation. 42 Urb. Law. 677-691 (2010).

Kunoy, Bjørn, Martin Heinesen and Finn Mørk. Appraisal of applicable depth constraint for the purpose of establishing the outer limits of the continental shelf. 41 Ocean Dev. & Int’l L. 357-379 (2010).

Dinkins, Carol E., George O. Wilkinson, Margaret E. Peloso and Thomas S. Meriwether. The role of public and private litigants in promoting environmental corporate social responsibility. 21 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 123-156 (2010).

Symposium. Environmental Lawsuits and Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Litigation in Promoting Good Environmental Practice. Articles by Hope M. Babcock, Michael Barsa, David Dana, Carol E. Dinkins, George O. Wilkinson, Margaret E. Peloso, Thomas S. Meriwether, Anthony Z. Roisman (with student Alexander Wolff), Elizabeth Burleson, Diana Pei Wu and Lakshman Guruswamy. 21 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 1-237 (2010).

Chircop, Aldo. Regional cooperation in marine environmental protection in the South China Sea: a reflection on new directions for marine conservation. 41 Ocean Dev. & Int’l L. 334-356 (2010).

Freeman, Mike, Stephen Gidiere and Mary Samuels. The oil spill’s impact on Gulf Coast oysters. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11097-11099 (2010).

Klein, Natalie. Whales and tuna: the past and future of litigation between Australia and Japan. 21 Geo. Int’l Envtl. L. Rev. 143-217 (2009).

Malloy, Katherine M. California’s Marine Life Protection Act: a review of the marine protected areas proposal process for the North Central Coast region. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 201-233 (2008).

Sielen, Alan. The new international rules on ocean dumping: promise and performance. 21 Geo. Int’l Envtl. L. Rev. 295-336 (2009).

Keiter, Robert B. The national park system: visions for tomorrow. 50 Nat. Resources J. 71-110 (2010).

Anderson, Robert T. Indian water rights, practical reasoning, and negotiated settlements. 98 Cal. L. Rev. 1133-1163 (2010).

Coglianese, Matthew P. The importance of determining potential chronic natural resource damages from the Deepwater Horizon accident. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11100-11105 (2010).

Modernizing the NEPA Process in the Context of the Gulf Disaster. James McElfish, moderator; Monica Goldberg, Edward E. Boling and Tom Simpson, panelists. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11147-11160 (2010).

Piper, Kaitlyn, L. Note. New York’s fight over blight: the role of economic underutilization in Kaur. (Kaur v. N.Y. State Urban Dev. Corp., 2010 N.Y. LEXIS 1181, 2010.) 37 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1149-1195 (2010).

Racketa, Alexander D. Note. Takings for economic development in New York: a constitutional slam dunk? 20 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 191-218 (2010).

Drew, Cynthia A. The Gulf deepwater drilling moratorium litigation: while merits still pending, already significant practical effect? 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11137-11141 (2010).

Jones, Keith J. Drill baby...spill baby: how the Oil Pollution Act’s economic-damage liability cap contributed to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11132-11136 (2010).

Hodge, John Adams. How environmental regulators can address human factors in oil spill prevention using crew resource management. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11048-11057 (2010).

Plater, Zygmunt J.B. Learning from disasters: twenty-one years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, will reactions to the Deepwater Horizon blowout finally address the systemic flaws revealed in Alaska? 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11041-11047 (2010).

Leshy, John D. Federal lands in the twenty-first century. 50 Nat. Resources J. 111-137 (2010).

Blumm, Michael C. The public trust doctrine and private property: the accommodation principle. 27 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 649-667 (2010).

Gardner, Royal C., Kim Diana Connolly and Abou Bamba. African wetlands of international importance: assessment of benefits associated with designations under the Ramsar Convention. 21 Geo. Int’l Envtl. L. Rev. 257-294 (2009).

Dalton, Daniel. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act—recent developments. 42 Urb. Law. 561-580 (2010).

Bhushan, Prashant. Sacrificing human rights and environmental rights at the altar of “development.” 41 Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. 389-403 (2009).

Jans, Jan H. Stop the integration principle? 33 Fordham Int’l L.J. 1533-1547 (2010).

Nolon, John R. The law of sustainable development: keeping pace. 30 Pace L. Rev. 1246-1298 (2010).

Batchis, Wayne. Business Improvement Districts and the Constitution: the troubling necessity of privatized government for urban revitalization. 38 Hastings Const. L.Q. 91-130 (2010).

Bell, Abraham and Gideon Parchomovsky. The hidden function of takings compensation. 96 Va. L. Rev. 1673-1725 (2010).

Carter, Charles C. Oregon’s experience with property rights compensation statutes. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 137-168 (2008).

Cordes, Mark W. The fairness dimension in takings jurisprudence. 20 Kan. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 1-57 (2010).

Johnson, Emily A. Reconciling originalism and the history of the Public Use Clause. 79 Fordham L. Rev. 265-319 (2010).

Spohr, David W. “What shall we do with the drunken sailor?”: the intersection of the Takings Clause and the character, merit, or impropriety of regulatory action. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 1-93 (2008).

Thomas, Robert H. Recent developments in challenging the right to take in eminent domain. 42 Urb. Law. 693-712 (2010).

Wade, William W. Penn Central’s ad hocery yields inconsistent takings decisions. 42 Urb. Law. 549-560 (2010).

Abbot, Carolyn and David Booton. Using patent law’s teaching function to introduce an environmental ethic into the process of technical innovation. 21 Geo. Int’l Envtl. L. Rev. 219-255 (2009).

Roisman, Anthony Z. and student Alexander Wolff. Trespass by pollution: remedy by mandatory injunction. 21 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 157-191 (2010).

Buchanan, Sariyah S. Why marginalized communities should use community benefit agreements as a tool for environmental justice: urban renewal and brownfield redevelopment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 29 Temp. J. Sci. Tech. & Envtl. L. 31-51 (2010).

Neuman, Janet. Are we there yet? Weary travelers on the long road to water policy reform. 50 Nat. Resources J. 139-166 (2010).

Weeks, Amber L. Defining the public interest: administrative narrowing and broadening of the public interest in response to the statutory silence of water codes. 50 Nat. Resources J. 255-289 (2010).

Abrams, Robert H. and Noah D. Hall. Framing water policy in a carbon affected and carbon constrained environment. 50 Nat. Resources J. 3-70 (2010).

Hardy, Steven K. An analysis of Georgia Senate Resolution 107: the need for additional reservoirs in north Georgia. 17 Southeastern Envtl. L.J. 457-479 (2009).

Anderson, Christopher J., Catherine Artis and Jacob Pendergrass. Prospects for wetland recovery in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. 40 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11090-11096 (2010).

Lat, Tanya Karina A. Note. Testing the limits of GATT Art. XX(b): toxic waste trade, Japan’s economic partnership agreements, and the WTO. 21 Geo. Int’l Envtl. L. Rev. 367-393 (2009).

McKenzie, Michael. Emissions reduction policies and the World Trade Organization. 13 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 61-73 (2010).

Friday, February 11, 2011

Muir Woods National Monument -- NPCA

NPCA’s Center for State of the Parks recently completed a review of Muir Woods National Monument’s cultural and natural resources. This assessment determined that natural resources are in “good” condition overall, while cultural resources are in “fair” condition. Muir Woods National Monument faces several challenges to protecting these resources, including invasive non-native plants, a lack of funds and staff, a need for cultural resource planning documents, climate change and its effects on fog and the survival of redwoods, and sudden oak death, which threatens the park’s oak and tanoak trees.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

U.S. Cooler and Much Drier than Normal in January -- NOAA

"Last month was the coolest January since 1994, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, N.C. Across the contiguous United States, the average January temperature was 30.0 F, which is 0.8 F below the 1901-2000 average. And despite several large winter storms across the country, last month was the ninth driest January on record, much drier than normal. Average precipitation across the contiguous United States was 1.48 inches, 0.74 inch below the 1901-2000 average. This monthly analysis, based on records dating back to 1895, is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides."

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

3rd annual Sustainable Biofuels Awards

The Sustainable Biofuels Awards offers you the opportunity to demonstrate the considerable benefits your company has brought to the biofuels industry. An independent Judging Panel will vote on who they consider to provide the greatest sustainability benefits as measured by GHG savings, environmental impact and further societal benefits of the operations or technology of the nominees.

Nominations Close:
February 21

World Biofuels Markets 2011 -- Earthscan

World Biofuels Markets (WBM) is an annual industry networking event where the leaders of the biofuels world meet to drive innovation and do business. World biofuels Markets 2010 drew over 1400 attendees from 56 countries – 35% of these were C-level industry leaders.

The World Biofuels Markets congress and exhibition brings together the entire biofuels world, from suppliers, producers and oil majors to investors, regulatory bodies and academics. Plus, co-located events covering bio-based chemicals, biopower generation and biogas make World Biofuels Markets the must-attend event in the bioenergy calendar.


Beurs-World Trade Centre
Beursplein 37, PO Box 30099
3001 DB Rotterdam, The Netherlands

A National Offshore Wind Strategy: Creating an Offshore Wind Energy Industry in the United States -- DOE

This report (DOE/GO-102011 -2988), dated February 2011, was prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Wind and Water Power Program to outline the actions it will pursue to support the development of a world‐class offshore wind industry in the United States.

This National Offshore Wind Strategy will guide DOE as it expands its ongoing efforts through the Offshore Wind Innovation and Demonstration (OSWInD) initiative to promote and accelerate responsible commercial offshore wind development in the U.S. in both federal and state waters.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Virtual Embryo Project -- EPA

A computational framework for developmental toxicity

About 2-3 percent of newborns have a malformation and the frequency increases by one year of age. For most malformations, the cause of the condition is unknown. However, an increasing number of genetic and environmental factors have been implicated. Currently, little is known about the extent to which environmental influences contribute. EPA’s Virtual Embryo (v-Embryo™) research project is conducting studies to develop prediction techniques to improve our understanding of how environmental influences may impact unborn children.

•The goal is for v-Embryo to be used to accurately predict the potential for environmental chemicals to affect the embryo.
•A selection of every day chemicals with known health effects in animal tests will be used to determine if it is possible to use a virtual embryo model to predict the potential developmental toxicity of chemicals.
•The research uses fast, automated chemical screening data from EPA's ToxCast™ tool, data from ACToR & Virtual Liver to create simulations examining how chemicals could cause developmental problems in the embryo.
•v-Embryo™ initially focuses on early eye, vascular and limb developments and conducts experiments using stem cells and zebrafish to generate data.

CADDIS: The Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System -- EPA

The Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System, or CADDIS, is a website developed to help scientists and engineers in the Regions, States, and Tribes conduct causal assessments in aquatic systems. It is organized into five volumes:

•Volume 1: Stressor Identification provides a step-by-step guide for identifying probable causes of impairment in a particular system, based on the U.S. EPA's Stressor Identification process. If you are interested in conducting a complete causal assessment, learning about different types of evidence, or reviewing a history of causal assessment theory, start with this volume.

•Volume 2: Sources, Stressors & Responses provides background information on many common sources, stressors, and biotic responses in stream ecosystems. If you are interested in viewing source- and stressor-specific summary information (e.g., for urbanization, physical habitat, nutrients, metals, pH and other stressors), start with this volume.

•Volume 3: Examples & Applications provides examples illustrating different steps of causal assessments. If you are interested in reading completed causal assessment case studies, seeing how Stressor Identification worksheets are completed, or examining example applications of data analysis techniques, start with this volume.

•Volume 4: Data Analysis provides guidance on the use of statistical analysis to support causal assessments. If you are interested in learning how to use data in your causal assessment, start with this volume.

•Volume 5: Causal Databases provides access to literature databases and associated tools for use in causal assessments. If you are interested in applying literature-based evidence to your causal assessment, start with this volume.

Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest

The U.S. EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, National Center for Creative Aging, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., announce a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest. Entries must be from a team of two or more persons, a young person and an older person. The creative work should express the "Sense of Wonder" that your team feels for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes. We want you to share this love of nature with a child and others around you. When we teach our eyes and ears and senses to focus on the wonders of nature, we open ourselves to the wonders around us.

2011 Contest: Submissions are due June 10, 2011

Contestants will work across generations to share through one of these distinct mediums their own interactions with and reflections on the wonders of nature.

Dance video entries are not limited to the moving body. You can use live performers and/ or capture movement and change visible in nature: birds landing, trees shaking in a storm, a river flowing...

Experienced and first time dancers and video makers are encouraged to participate.

New Library Acquisitions -- February 7, 2011

Fraser's penguins : a journey to the future in Antarctica / Fen Montaigne

Climate Change
Climate change policies : global challenges and future prospects / edited by Emilio Cerdá and Xavier Labandeira

Gulf Oil Spill
Blowout in the Gulf : the BP oil spill disaster and the future of energy in America / William R. Freudenburg and Robert Gramling

Historic Preservation
Giving preservation a history : histories of historic preservation in the United States / edited by Max Page and Randall Mason

International Law
Expanding the mandate of the UN Security Council to account for environmental issues / Lorraine Elliott

Risk Analysis
The reality of precaution : comparing risk regulation in the United States and Europe / edited by Jonathan B. Wiener ... [et al.]

Sustainable Development
Sustainable development : towards a judicial interpretation / by Rajendra Ramlogan

Friday, February 4, 2011

Oceans and the law of the sea - -Report of the UN Secretary General

This report (A/65/69/Add.2), dated August 31, 2010, was prepared at the request of the General Assembly and is a comprehensive report on developments and issues relating to ocean affairs and the law of the sea, including the implementation of the resolution.

2010 LEED Application Guide for Multiple Building and On-Campus Building Projects

The 2010 AGMBC was created to provide guidance when applying the LEED 2009 rating systems to multiple-building and on-campus projects that are on a shared site under the control of a single entity; examples include a commercial or educational campus or government installation. These types of building projects represent a great opportunity for sustainable planning and design.

A Green IT Action Plan -- HP

This Guide from HP (the printer people) describes how to get the most "Green" out of your printing and paper usage.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Energy Innovation Portal -- DOE

Find information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies available for licensing developed by U.S. Department of Energy laboratories and participating research institutions.

2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference -- Pew Trust

Date: February 8, 2011 - February 10, 2011

Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW

DC, Washington 20008


Now in its fourth year, the 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs National Conference — February 8-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. — is the nation’s leading forum sharing ideas and strategies to build a green economy that creates good jobs, reduces global warming and confronts other environmental problems, and preserves America’s economic and environmental security.

The 2011 Conference — which will bring together thousands of labor, environmental, business, elected and community leaders — is focused putting into practice the ideas and strategies for a new green economy — and creating good green jobs — around the country.

Workshop: Tuesday, February 8, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

In December of 2010, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report providing projections of global clean energy investments based on three possible policy scenarios. This report builds on Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race? Growth, Competition, and Opportunity in the World’s Largest Economies, which was published by Pew in March of 2010. Guided by potential policy scenarios, the new report provides global, regional, and select country-specific investment trends and opportunities in the clean energy economy.

Phyllis Cuttino, Director of Pew’s Clean Energy Program, will briefly outline the global landscape for the clean energy economy, noting that those nations in the lead all have strong policy structures, and moderate a panel discussion on three key policies the United States should consider in order to stay in the global race.

BP Energy Outlook 2030

This report by BP Energy company finds that Renewable Energy to Triple Its Share of World Energy Supply by 2030.

Renewable energy sources other than hydropower will continue to grow strongly over the next two decades, increasing their share of the global energy supply from 2% today to 6% in 2030, according to the report. The report sees renewable energy as the fastest-growing source of energy over the next 20 years, leading a gradual shift from coal and oil. Renewable energy sources are projected to grow at a rate of 8.2% per year over the next two decades, while natural gas becomes the fastest-growing fossil fuel, increasing at a rate of 2.1% per year. As a result, oil, coal, and natural gas are each forecast to provide about 26%–27% of the world's energy needs in 2030, with nuclear power, hydropower, and non-hydro renewable energy sources each providing about 7%.

This shift in the overall energy mix takes place against a backdrop in which the world's energy use continues to increase, driven mainly by increasing energy use in developing countries. In fact, BP expects global energy use to rise nearly 40% by 2030, with 93% of the growth occurring in developing countries. However, energy efficiency gains will help to moderate this growth. As a result, energy intensity, defined as the energy use per unit of economic output, will continue its historic trend downward and will decline at an accelerating rate, according to the company. But that still results in carbon dioxide emissions from energy use reaching a level in 2030 that is 27% higher than today's.