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Environmental Protection Agency Affirms Greenhouse Gas Emissions Endangerment Finding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 29 denied 10 petitions challenging its Dec. 7 determination that greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to public health and must be regulated under the Clean Air Act. The finding allows the federal government to regulate...

California sets forth indicators of disproportionate impacts of climate change on environmental justice communities

To assist Cal-EPA with the examination of potential environmental justice concerns associated with climate change, Cal-EPA requested the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) [best known for its role in setting drinking water related Public Health Goals and in overseeing much of the...

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/ .

Use of Endangered Species Act to prevent mining operation requires input early in the NOI review process

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 procedural posture was deemed an inaction for purposes...

An articulate end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it view from Thomas Friedman

I am certainly old enough to remember a variety of doomsday scenarios, usually built around decreases in agriculture productivity or population growth (or both). There have also been some modern scholarly papers that posit that things are going to get very very difficult indeed really soon. See, for...

Statistics, a weak link in environmental, medical, & toxicological studies?

Statistics are used throughout science both by those proposing a conclusion and those opposed to said conclusion. Statistics form the basis for a wide variety of claims made about environmental, medical, and toxicological matters. I would even go so far as to note that they are often utilized by charlatans...

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Ruling: BP and Andarko Are Responsible Parties and Liable For Civil Penalties Under Clean Water Act

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The federal judge in Louisiana presiding over litigation stemming from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico held Feb. 22 that BP PLC and Andarko Petroleum Co. are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA...

2011 California Environmental Legislative Recap--A Touch More Green

By Mr. Gary Lucks Get the latest analysis of environmental laws recently passed by the California Legislature. The article includes coverage of 2011 state legislation on a variety of topics, such as climate change, air and water quality, energy, the California Environmental Quality Act, land use, sustainability...

Hunter-Gatherers Built Shelters Long Before the Rise of Farming

It was not that many years ago that the accepted wisdom was that villages, even small ones, were preceded by farming of some sort, if only learning to exploit wild grains. Prior posts have noted the growing evidence that this wisdom is inaccurate. Now, the evidence has grown significantly. Researchers...