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EPA Awards Grants for Research on Nanotechnology Environmental Impacts

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter at dimensions of roughly 1 to 100 nanometers, where unique phenomena enable novel applications. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter; a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. On January 28, 2008, EPA issued a press release announcing...

When It's Too Good to Be True: "Top Blogger" Warns Legislators of Unexpected Consequences

The EPA and the Energy Information Administration published analyses of Senators Specter (R-PA) and Bingaman's (D-NM) proposed Low Carbon Economy Act of 2007, saying any impact on economic growth and prices would be modest. But, according to attorney and blogger Shari Shapiro , "What the bill...

Louisiana Judge Reluctantly Dismisses U.S. Army Corps From Katrina Suit

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval Jr., for the Eastern District of Louisiana, dismissed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from a class action lawsuit alleging that the Corps' negligent design, construction, maintenance and operation of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) contributed...

A long-running experiment demonstrates the reality of genetically driven evolution

One of the thought-games that has been played in science is posed by the question: If we rewind the Earth's history, would life develop differently the second time around? Long-term experiments with bacteria suggest that the answer, as posited by the late paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould, would be...

Top 10 Environmental Watch List for 2011

In case you missed it, the Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center launched its first annual Top 10 Environmental Watch List. Makes for an interesting read. See http://watchlist.vermontlaw.edu/ .