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Clarifying the Endangered Species Act’s “Distinct Population Segment” Policy Through the Lens of Grizzly Bears

April 5, 2019 by Georgetown Environmental Law Review Endangered Species Environmental Law Review Syndicate Federal Rollbacks Litigation Wildlife

By Max Chaffetz, Managing Editor, Virginia​ Environmental Law Journal

How does the Endangered Species Act’s “Distinct Population Segment” policy apply to the iconic grizzly bear? Read more in this analysis posted via the Environmental Law Review Syndicate.

Did You Get the Memo? Latest Guidance from Trump’s EPA Sparks Controversy

February 21, 2019 by Samuel Ruddy Air Energy Federal Rollbacks Fossil Fuels Litigation

By Kathryn Priester, Staff Contributor

Environmental groups and the State of California are up in arms over an EPA memo scrapping a decades-old Clean Air Act policy. Will the DC Circuit weigh in on the EPA’s use of “guidance” to drastically shift US regulatory policy?

Waiving Hello to the Wall: The Supreme Court's Denial of a Constitutional Challenge to Environmental Law Waivers at the U.S.-Mexico Border

February 14, 2019 by bcf27 Endangered Species Federal Rollbacks Wildlife

By Claire Fischer, Staff Contributor

The fight over the U.S.-Mexico border wall has sparked a very public debate in the United States. One lesser-known issue surrounding President Trump’s border wall, however, is its effect on the environment. The Supreme Court recently denied certiorari to three conservation groups seeking to halt border wall construction projects that failed to comply with long-standing environmental laws and harmed existing habitats. But why was this construction permitted in the first place?

Leaving Investors in the Dark: the SEC’s Growing Silence on Guidance Related to the Business and Legal Developments on Climate Change

February 7, 2019 by Caitlin Meagher Climate change Federal Rollbacks

By Capriel Stevenson, Staff Contributor

The physical impacts of climate change affect companies and their profitability drastically. The SEC released guidance in 2010 urging companies to disclose the risks from climate change but has not further urged companies in recent years. Instead, the SEC has shifted towards regulating other issues the current administration has prioritized, leaving investors in the dark about the financial impacts climate change has on businesses.