27 Jun 2017

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Repeal First, Explain Later: The Trump Administration and the Clean Water Rule

EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers just released a proposal to repeal the Clean Water Rule and to return to previous regulations. The Clean Water Rule (also known as the WOTUS Rule) would have clarified the scope of federal...

27 Jun 2017 9:21pm GMT

05 Jun 2017

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Water is the New Carbon

How do we tax water consumption? And how should we? These aren't questions that either water lawyers or tax lawyers are accustomed to thinking about. Water lawyers do think, sometimes, about using economic incentives to adjust water use patterns, but...

05 Jun 2017 4:24pm GMT

01 Jun 2017

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Jobs, Consumption, and the “Angry” Trump Voter

This post first appeared on The Rural Environment on May 31, 2017 (you can subscribe to posts from The Rural Environment here: https://ruralenvironment.net) In President Trump's inaugural address, he stated: "We must protect our borders from the ravages of other...

01 Jun 2017 8:11pm GMT

23 Apr 2017

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On Faith, Science, and the Environment

Brigham Daniels, a professor at BYU Law School, spoke today at Salt Lake City's March for Science. We asked for permission to post his remarks, and he agreed. According to Daniels, it was a challenging speech to give. He said,...

23 Apr 2017 4:37am GMT

20 Apr 2017

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Summer Reading for a soon-to-be Environmental Law Student

At a recent admitted students event, a soon-to-be 1L with an interest in environmental law asked me what she should read this summer. I thought it was a good question, so I shared it with an environmental law professors' listserve....

20 Apr 2017 9:50pm GMT

12 Apr 2017

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Seven Reasons Why Gutting EPA is Bad for Business

The Trump Administration plans massive cuts to EPA's budgets (the latest numbers suggest a cut of around thirty percent). For people who care about environmental quality, this is very alarming. But suppose you don't personally value blue skies, clear lungs,...

12 Apr 2017 11:49pm GMT

03 Apr 2017

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Calling for a Constitutional Convention!

By: Lesley McAllister When I teach environmental law, I dislike teaching the material dealing with constitutional law. I am thinking, for example, of the commerce clause cases challenging the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act and wetlands regulation, the cases...

03 Apr 2017 9:08pm GMT

13 Mar 2017

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The Puzzle of California’s Climate Leadership

By: Lesley McAllister Last Friday, UC Davis School of Law's Environmental Law Society and the Environs journal held their 2017 Symposium, The Future of Climate Change Law & Policy: View to 2030. It was an excellent event, with many great...

13 Mar 2017 8:31pm GMT

10 Mar 2017

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Implications of the Ninth Circuit’s Agua Caliente Decision

On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals released an important decision in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. United States. The decision addressed whether the Agua Caliente Tribe, which has a reservation in southern California's Coachella Valley, could...

10 Mar 2017 5:37pm GMT

03 Mar 2017

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Myths, Realities, and the Clean Water Rule Controversy

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order directing EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to begin work on a new rule defining the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The rule, if and when it...

03 Mar 2017 5:13am GMT

10 Jan 2017

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The Surprising Green Lining at 2017 NAIAS

For an EcoGeek, there were many surprises at the 2017 edition of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). We've been watching the emphasis on green cars decline for a number of years. Some of that is in the mainstreaming of more efficient vehicles, with increased fuel efficiency standards, greater numbers of hybrid vehicles, and […]

10 Jan 2017 2:42pm GMT

31 Mar 2016

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Flow Batteries for Household Power Storage

Residential power storage options are starting to get more competitive with a flow battery being introduced to the market in Australia. Flow batteries have been something we've looked at for grid-scale storage, and the research into the technology has been making advances. But it has been primarily a utility-scale technology. However, the technology has been […]

31 Mar 2016 5:45pm GMT

08 Mar 2016

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Hybrid Airship Being Readied for Flight

The "world's largest aircraft," the Airlander 10, is being readied for flights to begin later this year. The Airlander 10 is a massive hybrid aircraft that combines helium lift, aerodynamic lift, and direct thrust for flight. As we've noted before, we are big fans of airships (and even if there are tradeoffs in time and […]

08 Mar 2016 7:10pm GMT

22 Jan 2016

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Using Metals as Carbon Free Fuel Alternatives

Researchers are exploring the novel idea of using metals as fuels. This is not some new, exotic science-fiction material, but rather plentiful, ordinary metals such as iron that could be used in a novel way for storing and transporting renewable energy. According to a McGill University article, the research being led by Professor Jeffrey Bergthorson […]

22 Jan 2016 2:44pm GMT

13 Jan 2016

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Still Plugging Electric Cars at NAIAS 2016

Nobody is trying to save the planet with green cars anymore. The days of green cars being featured at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) seem to be over. Gone are the days of rainforest themes and bamboo floors and ostentatiously placed recycling bins. But we've been reporting that for the past few years. […]

13 Jan 2016 5:29pm GMT

05 Jan 2016

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Osmosis Power Is Off the Table Now

Not every energy technology that is explored is going to lead to a successful new power industry. Osmosis power was one of the more unusual technologies we've come across. But now, after a few years of investigation, it appears that this technology is not a viable option for larger scale power generation. Statkraft, the Norwegian company […]

05 Jan 2016 2:06pm GMT

16 Jul 2015

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Pioneering Waste-Reusing Plastic Roads

A new way of building roads with recycled plastic is being developed by Dutch company KWS Infra. As a resident of Michigan, where the combination of hard northern winters and a legislature that refuses to do its job have led to a statewide condition with many roads in embarrassingly bad shape, this hits close to home. The […]

16 Jul 2015 4:34pm GMT

02 Jun 2015

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Superhydrophobic Coating Makes Better Solar Panels

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a coating for glass that is superhydrophobic, making it so that it will literally bounce water off the surface. This coating also decreases the amount of light that reflects away from the glass. The benefits for solar collectors are immediately evident. The ability to be self-cleaning […]

02 Jun 2015 6:53pm GMT

11 Mar 2015

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Solar Impulse Begins Round-the-World Journey

Earlier this week, the Solar Impulse aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi on the first leg of it's atempt to fly around the globe entirely on solar power. We've been especially interested in this project from its beginnings as it has moved along setting new records, and we will now be watching as they make […]

11 Mar 2015 3:24am GMT

22 Jan 2015

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Solar-Powered Window Sensors for Smarter Buildings

Sensors are the next step needed on the road to developing smarter buildings, and a new, very-low power device has been developed to allow information about window to be transmitted to a control system for a building without a need for extra building wiring or power supply. The sensors are self-powered by the sun through […]

22 Jan 2015 6:08pm GMT

12 Nov 2011

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Use Etsy to Find Local and Handcrafted Holiday Yoga Treats

My flame for the small-business and artisan supporting marketplace was re-kindled surfing the 263 items -- from mat bags, to hand-knit yoga socks, calming wall art and more -- made locally in Brooklyn alone.

12 Nov 2011 6:08pm GMT

Ringo Starr Designs Timberland Boots for Charity

Ringo Starr lends his oriiginal peace sign artwork to 75 pairs of Timberland boots to support WaterAid.

12 Nov 2011 4:41pm GMT

Turkish Photographers Capture Climate Change

Traveling exhibit in Turkey prompts audiences to put on their 'climate glasses' and see how floods, fires, and drought in the country are all connected.

12 Nov 2011 4:30pm GMT

Healthy 75' Tree Cut Down to Decorate Rockefeller Center. Does It Have to Be This Way?

The tree that will decorate Rockefeller Center this holiday season was cut down this week - but was it needlessly killed?

12 Nov 2011 1:02pm GMT

GM Salmon No Longer Dead in the Water Thanks to USDA Funding

USDA gives AquaBounty a financial boost.

12 Nov 2011 1:00pm GMT

Adrian Grenier, Bill McKibben, Fisker and More Get Global Green Awards

Sustainable design awards to pay tribute to innovators

12 Nov 2011 10:40am GMT

11 Nov 2011

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Greens Celebrate Keystone XL Delay, But Biggest Fight Still Looms (Video)

Let's not get overly gushy here ...

11 Nov 2011 11:40pm GMT

Cyclists Paint 5 km of Guerilla Bike Lanes Outside Congress in Mexico City

In an act of public protest, cyclists took to the streets in Mexico to paint their own network of bike lanes outside the city's congress building.

11 Nov 2011 10:30pm GMT

If US Followed Germany's Lead on Solar, We'd Create 2.5 MIllion Jobs: Bill Clinton on the Daily Show (Video)

The former president chats with Jon Stewart about how we can create millions of green jobs with smart, simple policies.

11 Nov 2011 9:44pm GMT

Controversy over that Viral 'Murmuration' Video

A magical video of a flock of starlings has gone viral, and spurred questions from other filmmakers.

11 Nov 2011 8:49pm GMT

Tesla CEO Confirms Rapid-Charging Station Between San Francisco and Los Angeles

The company will build the first of many super-fast-charging stations between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

11 Nov 2011 8:40pm GMT

Colorado Works to Fix Major Loophole in Tire Recycling Program

Advisory committee tries to eliminate loophole that allows company to be paid to dump tires.

11 Nov 2011 8:26pm GMT

Remembering Wangari Maathai, Monday November 14th in NYC

A public memorial ceremony will be held in NYC for Wangari Maathai on November 14.

11 Nov 2011 8:25pm GMT

Boulder Votes to Go Clean Energy On Its Own

Boulder, Colorado, voted last week to create its own utility to help break away from coal.

11 Nov 2011 8:13pm GMT

UK Shoppers Throw Out 10% of Their Weekly Shop Uneaten

British shoppers could save £50 a month if they served sensible portion sizes and learned to store their food safely.

11 Nov 2011 7:57pm GMT

Recycled Dystopia: Spooky Sculptures of Found Objects By Greg Brotherton

Junked odds and ends find a home in artist Greg Brotherton's brilliant and dystopian sculptures.

11 Nov 2011 6:55pm GMT