Environmental

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Less Environmental Enforcement = More Private Prosecutions?
Posted on 19 Feb 2015 by Dianne Saxe

When governments do little to enforce environmental laws, generally or in particular areas, private citizens and environmental groups sometimes try to fill the gaps with private prosecutions. These cases are burdensome and expensive to handle, but can... Read More

How do schools of fish maneuver together? Watch the trees, not the forest
Posted on 21 Jan 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Watching large schools of fish maneuver with the grace of a water ballet leads to an obvious question: How do so many animals spread over what is often many yards coordinate their activities with such precision? They keep an eye on their immediate neighbors... Read More

How do schools of fish maneuver together? Watch the trees, not the forest
Posted on 21 Jan 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Watching large schools of fish maneuver with the grace of a water ballet leads to an obvious question: How do so many animals spread over what is often many yards coordinate their activities with such precision? They keep an eye on their immediate neighbors... Read More

Use of Endangered Species Act to prevent mining operation requires input early in the NOI review process
Posted on 15 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The Endangered Species Act ("ESA") is becoming a popular tool used by public interest groups to stop projects that they view as adverse to environmental quality. However, a recent attempt to use the ESA against a mining project failed when the... Read More

Even toxics can act as a generic selection factor in the environment
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

One of the themes of this blog has been that virtually anything present in the environment can act as a selection factor influencing the course of evolution. A recent study on fish and PCB's and dioxins illustrates this point. Unfortunately for humans... Read More

Creating protected zones helps the recovery of even migratory fish species
Posted on 30 Aug 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in prior posts, the creation of protected zones in which fishing is prohibited has been shown to be an effective method for assisting the recovery of fish that do not migrate over great areas. For example, protected zones in the region of the... Read More