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Forest Fires: A Concern that Warrants More Attention

October 26, 2019 by ustin Holtshouser Air Climate change Endangered Species Forests International Natural Resources Wildlife

With the consequences of forest fires being felt on both local and global levels, more needs to be done to mitigate these events – domestic government action is essential.

Should Solar Advocates Reconsider Net Metering?

October 21, 2019 by Nick Gill Energy Fossil Fuels Natural Resources Renewable Energy

Although net metering has incentivized residential customers to switch from fossil fuel to solar energy, its pricing model confuses customers and shifts costs, making it untenable in the long-term.

Amidst Climate Protests, Climate Refugee Remains Undefined

October 9, 2019 by Salma Shitia Climate change International

The focus on improving state infrastructures reinforces the archaic reluctance to recognize climate change as a human-made phenomenon exacerbated by the global community, including multinational corporations.

Going Beyond: When Can Courts Look Past the Record in an APA Review?

August 15, 2019 by James D. Cromley, J. Michael Showalter, & Schiff Hardin Litigation Regulations

A recent Supreme Court decision indicates that at times, courts may be able to look beyond the existing administrative record when reviewing administrative decisions. In Department of Commerce v. New York, the Court looked beyond the record and blocked an agency decision that found to be based on a “contrived,” pretextual rationale.

By James D. Cromley, J. Michael Showalter, & Schiff Hardin, Guest Contributors

Duck, Duck, Sued! – CERCLA’s Game of Contribution Tag

April 27, 2019 by Sean Murphy Chemicals Litigation Regulations

Imagine the polluters in a CERCLA Superfund suit sitting in a circle playing Duck Duck Goose. That’s right—this game isn’t just for kids. CERCLA, the Superfund statute lets polluters play a similar game of liability tag in contribution actions. But is CERCLA really all fun and games?

A Polymer Problem: How Plastic Production and Consumption is Polluting our Oceans

April 17, 2019 by Abigail Hogan and Alexander Steinbach Environmental Law Review Syndicate Oceans Plastic pollution Sustainability

Is it time to retire single-use plastics? Read more in this analysis posted via the Environmental Law Review Syndicate.

By Abigail Hogan and Alexander Steinbach, Staff Editors, Vermont Journal of Environmental Law