Environmental Law & Climate Change Community Announces Top 50 Blogs for 2011

Environmental Law & Climate Change Community Announces Top 50 Blogs for 2011

After some very careful review and a great deal of deliberation, the LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Community has selected its Top 50 Blogs for 2011.

We’d like to express gratitude to our Community members for your comments and suggestions. All of you submitted many of the new names on the 2011 Top 50 list and we thank you for infusing so much fresh talent into our Community.

These top blogs offer some of the best writing out there. They contain a wealth of information for all segments of the environmental law and climate change industry, and include timely news items, expert analysis, practice tips, frequent postings and helpful links to other sites and sources.

These blogs also show us how environmental and climate change issues interact with politics and culture. These sites also demonstrate the power of the blogsphere, by providing a collective example of how bloggers can—and do—impact and influence the law and business in the environmental and climate change arena.

You can view the complete list below. Please join us in congratulating all the honorees!



BioLaw:  Law and the Life Sciences
Published by the Jurisdynamics Network

A group of legal professors blog about environmental law from a perspective that includes natural resources law, biotechnology, behavioral psychology and evolutionary biology, and bioethics. The distinguished authors that contribute to this site are Jim Chen, Dean and Professor at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law; Kristi L. Bowman, Associate Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law; Rebecca M. Bratspies , CUNY School of Law; Holly D. Doreums, UC Davis School of Law; Peter H. Huang; Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, KU School of Law; Andrew Long, Brandeis; Barbara Noah, Professor of Law at Western New England College School of Law; Jordan Paradise, University of Minnesota Law; J.B. Ruhl, Florida State University College of Law; Andrew W. Torrance, KU School of Law; and Katharine Van Tassel, Western New England College School of Law.

Columbia Law School

Climate Law Blog
Published by Columbia Law School -- Center for Climate Change

Brought to you by professors, their attorney colleagues, and graduate fellows and students associated with Columbia's Center for Climate Change Law, this fast-paced, cutting edge blog covers a wide range of topics and issues. The writers keep to the cutting edge of legal and global developments when analyzing seminal court decisions, statutes and regulations, and international events.

Green Building Law Update Service
Published by Columbia Law School -- Center for Climate Change

Another invaluable content source from the thought leaders at Columbia's Center for Climate Change Law, this blog provides national updates on green building law. Covers the states from New York to California, tracks activity within EPA, IRS, FTC, GSA and other federal agencies, and reports on international developments.

Legal Planet - The Environmental Law and Policy Blog
Published by UC Berkeley School of Law and UCLA School of Law

A collaboration of academic giants, this blog draws upon the resources and expertise of the law schools' legal scholars and think tanks to provide insight and analysis on energy and environmental law and policy. The authors write about Supreme Court decisions, regulatory actions, and state and national legislation that affects water resource management, toxic waste disposal, renewable energy, air quality, land use, and more.

Pace Law School and Pace Law Library

Published by  Pace Law Library

Edited by Associate Library Director, Jack McNeill, this electronic edition of Pace Environmental Notes provides a gateway to news, commentary, legal research sources, new books and articles, and legislation on environmental law, energy, land use law and related legal topics.

Green Law
Published by Pace Law School

Written by a contributing group of faculty members from the Pace Environmental Law Programs, this blog is informative, hard-hitting and incisive.


Waste Information & Management Services, Inc.

Great Lakes Environment
Published by Waste Information & Management Services, Inc.

This blog offers information on Great Lakes Restoration and Great Lakes Water Management from several WIMS Special Reports.

Published by Waste Information & Management Services, Inc.

This blog features top-level articles from the pages of eNewsUSA and WIMS Daily.

Environmental - Appeals Court
Published by Waste Information & Management Services, Inc.

This site features environmental decisions from all circuits of the U.S. Court of Appeals from the pages of the WIMS Daily Environmental Briefing Report.

Offshore Wind Wire
Published by Peter Brennan

This blog provides the best, smartest coverage of the fledgling offshore wind industry, which is on the rise.  Editor Peter Brennan and staff writer William Morgan provide breaking news and intelligent analysis on this emerging industry, updated daily.

Private Water Law Blog
Published by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

This is blog about water law and public policy. Some of the topic categories include the economics of water, human right to water, transboundary waters, water markets/transfers, water planning and water recycling/reuse. There are links to other interesting sites and up-to-the-minute Twitter updates, but the blog content is somewhat sporadic.


A Humane Nation
Published by The Humane Society of the United States

President and CEO Wayne Pacelle speaks out speaks out on behalf of all wildlife in a blog that celebrates animals and confronts cruelty.

Endangered Species Law and Policy
Published by Nossaman LLP

Written by members of this firm's endangered species and natural resources practice, this blog provides lively discussion on topics relating to conservation, critical habitat, listing and delisting, Fish & Wildlife Service, and regulatory reform. Also includes continuing education links and updates on court decisions.

ESA Blawg
Published by Keith W. Rizzardi

This is a thoughtful and independent blog about Endangered Species Act law that includes links to other helpful resources about the ESA.

National Forest Legal News Blog
Published by Ryan Woody

This blog provides legal news and information about the national forests.

The Stop Extinction Blog
Published by The Endangered Species Coalition

The authors that contribute to this this blog write about the protection of endangered species and the special places where they live through education, outreach and citizen involvement.


Alston & Bird LLP

Climate Change and Carbon Management Blog
Published by Alston + Bird LLP

Provided as a service of the firm's Climate Change and Carbon Management team, this blog focuses on the rapidly emerging issues associated with greenhouse gas emissions.  The writing here is lean, the analysis is spot on, and the posts include helpful links to additional resources.

Environmental & Land Development Blog
Published by  Alston & Bird

Authored by the firm's Environmental and Land Development team, this blog focuses on key environmental compliance, litigation and land development issues. Topic categories include air quality, CERCLA/RCRA, criminal investigations, environmental review (CEQA/NEPA), GHG/climate change, green chemistry, legislation and public policy from the state, local, federal and international perspectives, and water quality/water supply.

Climate 411
Published by The Environmental Defense Fund

Climate 411 is the voice of the experts at Environmental Defense Fund, providing plain-English explanations of climate change science, technology, policy, and news.

Climate Change Attorney Blog
Published by Silverberg Zalantis LLP

This firm puts out zoning and business litigation blogs that focus on all things New York, but their climate change blog has a much more wide-ranging approach.  In addition to various national, state and local developments the authors address water resources, migratory species, and greenhouse gases.

Climate Change INSIGHTS
Published by McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

A self-described forum for critical analyses of climate law and policy, this blog tackles the issues relating to alternative and renewable energy, cap & trade, energy efficiency and green building, US policy, and international affairs.

Climate Lawyers
Published by McCarter & English

This blog highlights emerging issues in environmental law, with an emphasis on the development of renewable energy projects. From fruit to nuts, it's all here-including biodiesel and ethanol, as well as wind, solar, and distributed generation. The authors also focus on tax and regulatory incentives in discussions about the increasingly recognized principles of corporate social responsibility that are encouraging companies to voluntarily respond to climate change concerns.

Sustainability Counsel
Published by Pepper Hamilton LLP

This blog explores emerging legal issues in the areas of cleantech, climate change, and green building.

WWF Climate Blog
Published by World Wildlife Fund

The goal of this blog is to provide the reader with an inside look at the climate change policy negotiations. It is also be a place where readers can find out more about World Wildlife Fund campaign actions, how to take action, and how to engage with the climate team.


Davis LLP

Environmental Energy and Resources Law
Published by Davis LLP

This Canadian firm supports blogging in a big way and puts out eight different blogs that focus on a number of different practice areas.  The Climate Change Law Practice Group Blog and the Environmental, Energy and Resources Law blog place readers at the cutting edge of legal developments and trends in these practice areas. The contributing group of authors keeps the content lively and fresh.

Climate Change Law Practice Group Blog
Published by Davis LLP

This Canadian firm supports blogging in a big way and puts out eight different blogs that focus on a number of different practice areas.  The Climate Change Law Practice Group Blog and the Environmental, Energy and Resources Law blog place readers at the cutting edge of legal developments and trends in these practice areas. The contributing group of authors keeps the content lively and fresh.

Municipal & Planning Law Blog
Published by Davis LLP

Contributors from the firms Municipal Law and Environmental Law practice groups offer a look at how municipal law and planning affects the environment.

Natural Resources Today
Published by Palmer Divide Media, L.L.C.

This is a weblog for the discussion of natural resources law and policy issues and controversies, that addresses court decisions, Congressional action and regulatory developments, with commentary, analysis and news.

Ocean & Offshore Energy Projects and Policy Blog
Published by Jennifer Simon, Esq.

This blog analyzes United States offshore energy law, policy and development.

Offshore Energy Law Blog.com
Published by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

This blog informs the U.S. offshore energy project developers, policy makers, and interest groups in our Community about important policy, regulatory and political matters impacting their industry.  Posts address matters relating to development of offshore renewable energy, oil and gas resources, LNG, and other areas.

Renewable Energy Insights
Published by Troutman Sanders

A blog about the world of considerations for renewable energy projects from this firm's renewable energy practice team. The content focuses on practical applications and includes links to additional information and resources. Topics include: construction; government incentives; operations; planning & development; regulation; tax, structure and financing; and technology.

Renewable + LawSM
Published by  Stoel Rives LLP

Stephen Hall and his firm's Renewable Energy Initiative intend this blog to be a catalyst for lively discussion about renewable energy and climate policies, major renewable energy projects, emerging technologies, market developments, new laws, tax credits and industry scuttlebutt.   Their avowed passion for solar energy, wind energy, biofuels, ocean and hydrokinetic energy, biomass, waste-to-energy, geothermal and other clean technologies is evident in the care they take with this blog-the posts are frequent, the topics are interesting and cutting edge, and the writing is top notch.


American College of Environmental Lawyers
Published by the ACOEL

This is an authoritative, educational blog written by members of the invitation-only professional association of lawyers who are recognized by their peers as preeminent in the field of environmental law. In addition to posts about air, energy, water, hazardous materials and environmental justice, the blog also provides news updates and information about conferences and events. It even has a section on tips for effective blogging.

Becker's Environmental Law Update
Published by Belin McCormick P.C.

Written by Iowa environmental law attorney Chuck Becker, this blog provides updates on legislative and regulatory developments, analyzes case law, and gives some keen insight about a wide variety of issues, including environmental politics and environmental innovations.

Corporate Environmental Lawyer Blog
Published by Jenner & Block

This recent addition to the blawgosphere addresses critical environmental, health and safety developments and provides important updates about air, water, CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, OSHA and climate change.

Ear To The Ground
Published by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The Chair of the Environmental Practice Group at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley blogs about the law and science of the environment and toxic torts.

Environmental Law & Litigation
Published by Saxe Law Office

This blog serves up news and analysis from top environmental lawyers Dianne Saxe and Jackie Campbell.

Environmental Legal Blogs
Published by Stephen Holzer

This blog about developments in environmental law goes beyond ordinary boundaries to include categories such as bio-monitoring, e-waste, environmentalists, green party, indoor air pollution, second-hand smoke and volcanic pollution.

Published by Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association

Envirosphere provides timely notice of legal events affecting environmental lawyers from the public and private sectors, environmental organizations, and academia. These legal events include recent cases, new regulations, new government policies, and just general news of interest on the environmental front. Arnold & Porter attorney  J. Cullen Howe, as blog administrator, selects topics based on personal choice or referrals from Section members for the purpose of sharing knowledge, exploring, and illustrating interrelated (and in some cases interdisciplinary) aspects of current news events and the latest thinking in public policy, law, and regulation.

Published by Greenberg Glusker LLP

This is a crisp, lively blog from an engaged group of contributors that's about the place where law and the environment connect.

Green Patent Blog
Published by Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps

This blog covers intellectual property issues in green technology, a niche topic whose time has definitely arrived.  There is a welcome clarity to the writing here, which goes a long way toward helping the uninitiated follow complex patent law issues.

Published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency

The official blog of the U.S. EPA provides a forum where EPA employees (and occasional guests) write about the things they bring to their jobs every day. The blog also has a weekly Science Wednesday feature in which the authors write about the science behind environmental protection.

New York Times

Dot Earth
Published by The New York Times

Andrew C. Revkin examines the efforts to balance human affairs with the planet's limits. The blog tracks relevant developments from "suburbia to Siberia," and bills itself as an "interactive exploration of trends and ideas with readers and experts."

Published by The New York Times

Formerly known as Green, Inc., this blog about energy and the environment blog became Green on Earth Day, 2010. Drawing upon the comprehensive resources of The New York Times, this frequently updated array of daily posts highlight the intersection of business and the environment, with additional emphasis on politics and policy, environmental science and consumer choices.

Schnapf Judgment
Published by Larry Schnapf

This blog is a great and timely resource on a variety of environmental issues, inclosing the intersection of environmental law and commercial lending. Larry Schnapf is an environmental lawyer, published author, and an adjunct professor of environmental law at New York University.

Sustainable Marks
Published by Espinosa | Trueba PL

This is a law blog about trademarks, patents and advertising from a green perspective. Michael Tschupp posts a roundup of the new green trademarks that the USPTO processes each week.

unEARTHED, the Earthjustice Blog
Published by EarthJustice

A forum for the voices and stories of the people behind the work of Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. Earthjustice was founded in 1971 as The Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund.


Construction Law Musings
Published by Christopher G. Hill, LEED AP and The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC

This is a blog about the world of sustainable construction and the legal issues that face contractors, subcontractors and even construction lawyers in this growing field. The topics range from LEED certification to the author's role on the Build2Sustain advisory board. In a nod to the author's growing online network of Web 2.0 media and Twitter contacts (as well as his three dimensional colleagues) the blog also features a Guest Post Friday series on topics relevant to (green) construction.

Environmental and Sustainability Law
Published by Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

A blog that concentrates on various legal issues in the sustainability context, such as permitting, renewable energy, bio-fuels, greenhouse gas regulations, clean water, mold, conservation land use, sustainable construction and carbon audits and offsets. The authors also address other issues heavily impacted by green initiatives, including finance, lending, private equity funding, vendor agreements, intellectual property of Cleantech and renewable energy technology, and tax strategies.

Green Building Law
Published by Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

Shari Shapiro is the attorney/LEED Accredited Professional author of this "pre-consumer, non-recycled content" about green building and the law.

Green Chemistry Law Report
Published by Verdant Law, PLLC

This blog provides timely, thoughtful analyses of chemical regulatory issues, including the "green chemistry" movement. It specializes in covering legal developments, news and events in chemicals management.

Green Real Estate Law Journal
Published by Stephen Del Percio and Arent Fox LLP

A blog for the green building industry that highlights content relating to green building litigation, green construction contracts, green leases, green building performance, green building legislation and green real estate finance.

Real Property & Environmental Law Alert
Published by Gibbons PC

 A rotating group of contributors writes about transactional real estate, development and redevelopment, and environmental law. Although there is some focus on developments in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Delaware, the content is also national in scope.


Published by Nick Spillane

Written by Montreal lawyer Nick J. Spillane, with the French-language twin at http://njslawblogs.typepad.com/enviroptix, this is fairly new blog, published since May, 2010, but is upcoming with timely and regular posts, and is possibly the only fully bilingual blog dealing with environmental law in the Province of Quebec and Canada.


Published by Press Potter & Dozier, LLC

Daniel P. Dozer writes a blog that focuses on alternative dispute resolution and environmental law.

Environmental Law Resource
Published by Reed Smith LLP

The experts at Reed Smith provide updates and analysis on environmental law issues, rulings and developments from jurisdictions across the globe.

Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, Natural Resource Law
Published by University of Kentucky College of Law

An academic blog dedicated to developing thought-provoking dialogue between legal scholars, practitioners and students in the fields of equine, agricultural and natural resources law.


Published by Bruce Ritchie

This blog brings you environmental news from Florida's capital.

Illinois Environmental Law Blog
Published by Dave Scriven-Young

This blog provides news and updates on cases, laws, and regulations involving Illinois environmental issues.

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  • 01-27-2012

Good list, a few of these blogs are kind of short and only contain a few articles, but http://climatelawyers.com is definitely one of the best blogs I have read on the legal aspects of climate change and they are very quick to cover stories! I find it unfortunate that you did not put a lot of other good climate change blogs from the nytimes or reuters on this list. Also for the category "climate change" how could you miss http://news.claimer.org or http://www.climatelaw.org who are spearheading legal actions in climate change litigation?

  • 08-09-2012

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