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

April 17, 2019 by Georgetown Environmental Law Review Environmental Law Review Syndicate Oceans Plastic pollution

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

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

With Great Power Comes Great (Eco) Responsibility - How Blockchain is Bad for the Environment

April 6, 2019 by Christopher Felton Energy International Renewable Energy

By Kevin Hotchkiss, Staff Contributor.

Blockchain has been hailed as the future of technology. Although innovative, the system revolves around "proof of work," a process that is resource intensive simply for the sake of being resource intensive. How does this technological innovation collide with the international push for sustainable development

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.

The Governance Framework for Arctic Biodiversity

March 29, 2019 by Samuel Ruddy Climate change International Wildlife

By Sang Koo, Staff Contributor

Biodiversity plays an important role in maintaining the overall health of the Arctic, but climate change poses a major threat as temperature increases have disrupted the region's ecosystem. What legal regime is currently in place to protect the Arctic?

China's Green Desert

March 28, 2019 by mjb443 Endangered Species International Natural Resources Public Lands Wildlife

By Timothy Park, staff contributor.

China has been one of the largest contributors to reforestation efforts through its Grain for Green Program. However, have all of their efforts actually helped the environment? One fatal flaw in the program is severely limiting the programs impact on the environment.

The Thwaites Glacier comprises one third of the mass that has been lost from the Amundsen Sea Embayment.

The Thwaites Glacier, Rising Sea Levels, and the Future of Coastal Cities

March 19, 2019 by bcf27

By Sylvie Yudin, Staff Contributor

Scientists have recently discovered that the Thwaites Glacier, a key component of the West Antarctic glacial system, is melting faster than expected. Since many of the world’s population and financial centers are located along coastlines, the situation unfolding at the Thwaites Glacier is particularly alarming. How drastically are melting glaciers impacting sea levels, and how will governments respond to these shifts?

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Too Big on the Pig: America’s Taste for Pork Comes with Costs

March 18, 2019 by Alexander Pappas State and Local Water

By Catherine Schluter, Staff Contributor

Pork is a big part of the American diet, but pig farming has serious environmental and human health consequences. North Carolina is one of the biggest pork producers in the country, but its state legislature, like many other states, is putting pork profits over sufficient protections.

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The Art Of The Green New Deal

March 6, 2019 by De Vann Sago Climate change Energy

By Sophie White, Staff Contributor

The recent emergence of the ambitious Green New Deal has quickly shaped the conversation on climate change on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail. But what is the Green New Deal and is it really a deal at all?