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Climate Change Impacts and the Endangered Species Act

By Michael J. Brennan and Sandra A. Snodgrass, Attorneys, Holland & Hart; General Editor Bradley M. Marten Climate change issues are a relatively recent addition to the threats to fish, wildlife, and plants considered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Both ESA regulations and ESA-related...

Why Do the New House Republicans Hate the Bald Eagle?

Leda Huta, Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition In 1973, Richard Nixon, a Republican president, didn't just sign the U.S. Endangered Species Act into law. His administration played a very large role in actually crafting this forward-thinking legislation. Looking at the new House Republicans...

Wildlife Is on the Losing End of Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels

No matter how we try to minimize fossil fuel impacts, we can't avoid the fact that these substances are inherently dirty. Oil, gas and coal are at their core, toxic substances. And as a result they are dangerous to humans and wildlife. The ten species most threatened by fossil fuels were recently...

Jenner & Block: New Litigation Filed Over Spent Lead Ammunition On Public Lands

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block The Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council have filed a complaint against the U.S. Forest Service to limit the disposal of spent lead ammunition. Filed before the U.S. District Court for the District...

US Governments Propose Wildlife Climate Adaptation Strategy

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer As hundreds of starving sea lion pups wash up on the California coast, and as the Canadian government shuts down research into climate change, a coalition of American federal, state and tribal government agencies has released a National Fish, Wildlife and...

Delaware and Rhode Island Join Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact

ENVIRONMENT: DELAWARE Gov. Jack Markell (D) signs SB 117, legislation that makes the First State the 39th to join the "Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact," an agreement among member states to share information and access to records about individuals who have lost their hunting, fishing and...

More On Killing Birds With Buildings As An Environmental Offense

Ecojustice has settled its bird-killing prosecution against the Menkes Developments (Consilium Place) office complex. As described in a previous post , Ecojustice (as counsel for Ontario Nature) charged Menkes with environmental offences. They proved that these buildings were unusually dangerous to...

Sage-Grouse Protection Threatens Growth of Renewable Energy

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is to decide whether or not to list the greater sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.[1] The proposed listing has caused conflict between two groups of environmentalists: conservationists and advocates of renewable energy such as wind power...

INTERPOL Environmental Crimes Unit

International environmental wildlife and pollution crimes are attracting growing attention from INTERPOL , partly because many of them are committed by organized crime. For example, in response to the recent surge of ivory tracking, INTERPOL formed a dedicated environmental crime team in Africa. As...

What Is On the Mind of the DOJ Environmental and Natural Resources Division?

On July 23, 2015, John Cruden, head of DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, gave this speech to the American Bar Association Litigation Section on the current direction of federal environmental enforcement efforts. It touches upon issues we are consciously or subconsciously managing...

Migratory Birds

Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a Notice of Intent seeking comment on whether it should prepare an Environmental Impact Statement related to the impact of proposed facilities and structures on migratory birds. Trade associations representing the tower industry (PCIA...

Migratory Bird Treaty Act Enforcement Questioned

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ruled that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (“MBTA”), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this Act: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], only criminalizes acts related to hunting or poaching, not omissions that unintentionally kill birds...