LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom
Migration patterns of bluefin tuna result in an over-estimation of their numbers, and complicate option for management plans

A number of strategies have been noted in prior posts for increasing marine life in a particular area. In terms of commercial fishing, two strategies that have shown some success have been a) the creation of islands of no-fishing, which allow all marine species to propagate, and b) selling "take"...

Energy conservation vs. public health: The case for very hot water

For years, conservation advocates have told consumers to turn down the thermostat on their hot-water heaters to save energy and avoid scalding showers and baths. At least for some people, however, this tactic could prove dangerous. Experts note that the main cause of waterborne disease in the United...

EPA issues draft specification for high-efficiency flushing urinals to qualify for WaterSense label

The EPA WaterSense program [see http://www.epa.gov/watersense/ ] targets decreasing the amount of water used by various fixtures. EPA has now issued a draft specification for high efficiency flushing urinals [see http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/urinals.htm ]. To qualify, the maximum flush volume of...

ISO issues design guide for energy efficiency in new buildings

The International Organization for Standardization is a network of national standards institutes of 157 countries. ISO has a Geneva-based secretariat to coordinate the system. Individual member organizations may suggest new standards, which are then developed by ISO technical committees, and thereafter...

California requires greater energy efficiency from TVs

According to the California Energy Commission, televisions and peripheral equipment (cable boxes, DVCs) consume about 10% of a home's electricity. With the increased demand for large digital flat-screen TVs, the situation was looking worse because digital models consume more electricity than cathode...

Can the decreasing size of fish due to fishing be reversed? Perhaps

The common practice of catching only the larger fish in a population becomes an evolutionary pressure for later generations to stay small and grow slow, a problem seen emerging with a number of fish species commonly taken for food. A recent study suggests that it may be possible to reverse this effect...

National Marine Fisheries Service concurs, pesticides acting together harm salmon

As noted in a prior post, researchers have found that various pesticides act synergistically to harm salmon. The report by scientists of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center evaluated the effects of 5 of the most extensively used pesticides in the Pacific Northwest and California-diazinon, malathion...

California proposes a very flawed plan to "reduce" urban water use

A coalition of Federal and State agencies has released a draft report making recommendations on how California can reduce per capita urban water use by 20% by the year 2020. The result of the effort includes numerous recommendations on reducing per capita urban water use from a 2005 baseline of 192 gallons...

Conservation could reduce peak electricity demand by 20%, notes FERC report

A recent FERC report notes that conservation measures by both business and residential electricity customers (known as demand response programs) could reduce peak demand by as much as 20%. The decreased demand could prevent the need for several hundred powerplants. Using a variety of scenarios, demand...

Contrary to popular belief, leave them alone and damaged ecosystems will bounce back much more rapidly than believed

Many studies on various aspects of the global environment provide evidence that humankind is inflicting significant damage to the ecosystems that support human livelihoods. Many such studies also predict that ecosystems will take centuries to recover from damages, if they recover at all. Accordingly...

Creating protected zones helps the recovery of even migratory fish species

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 Great Barrier Reef in Australia have seen fish populations...

Roadless Rule Emerges Victorious From Decade of Legal Challenges

By Mr. Michael Anderson Get the latest expert analysis on the federal "Roadless Area Conservation Rule," which bans road building and logging on millions of acres of national forest land in numerous states. This article includes an overview of the extensive roadless rule litigation and...

Governor Jerry Brown Urges Conservation As California Runs Dry

BROWN URGES CONSERVATION AS CA RUNS DRY: With the state facing its worst drought in decades, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) urged Golden State residents last week to cut back their water usage wherever possible. Brown said residents should voluntarily be taking shorter showers, turning off faucets while...

California State Water Resources Control Board Issues Drought Regulations Restricting Certain Water Uses and Ordering Curtailments in Several Watersheds

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, California is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions. Twice in 2014, California Governor Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, Jr. has issued proclamations regarding the State of Emergency related to the drought. The proclamations addressed water conservation...

California Governor Issues Drought Emergency Proclamation for 25-Percent Urban Water Conservation

On April 1, 2015, California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued an Executive Order to address the significant drought conditions in the state. This Alert provides a summary of the key measures, which are effective immediately. 25-percent urban water conservation target statewide is in effect...

USFWS WV Field Office Guidance on Bat Conservation Plans – Proceed Cautiously

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released the “Guidance on Developing and Implementing a Myotid Bat Conservation Plan. http://www.fws.gov/westvirginiafieldoffice/PDF/WVFO_IBCP.pdf . Key teaching points about this guidance are raised in the following Q&A: • Why develop a plan? It...

State Net Capitol Journal – Here Comes El Nino and Drought Stokes Wildfires in Western States

California Update: Here Comes El Nino While much of the West suffers through an epic drought that has contributed to a deadly fire season, state and local officials are bracing for a severe El Nino winter that could bring substantial rain along the Pacific Coast and significant snowfall in the mountains...