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Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2018

In China, the year 2018 witnessed important institutional changes for environmental protection and the development of some major environmental legislation. These included administrative restructuring; the revision and adoption of...

Making the International Trade System Work for the Paris Agreement: Assessing the Options

If the Paris Agreement’s 2°C goal is to be achieved, unprecedented efforts across all areas of socioeconomic activity are needed. National climate policy measures with direct or indirect trade implications stand the risk of colliding...

Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Environmental Decisionmaking

Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is defined as a deep understanding of the environment developed by local communities and indigenous peoples over generations. In the United States, Canada, and around the world, indigenous peoples...

Changing the National Flood Insurance Program for a Changing Climate

Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1968 to reduce flood damages nationwide and ease the federal government’s financial burden for providing disaster recovery. To achieve this goal, the program was...

Time for a New Age of Enlightenment for U.S. Environmental Law and Policy: Where Do We Go From Here?

The issue of environmental injustice has again come into sharp focus in the wake of the predominantly African-American community in Flint, Michigan, being exposed to lead-contaminated drinking water. To secure environmental justice for...

The Impact of Citizen Environmental Science in the United States

An increasingly sophisticated public, rapid changes in monitoring technology, the ability to process large volumes of data, and social media are increasing the capacity for members of the public and advocacy groups to gather, interpret...

Fields of Dreams: An Economic Democracy Framework for Addressing NIMBYism

Local opposition to development of socially desirable facilities is one of the most important policy challenges in the United States. Despite decades of effort, a formula to reduce “Not in My Back Yard” (NIMBY) opposition is yet to be...

Environmental Deconfliction 2019: The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2019

As in prior years, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 contains a variety of provisions setting U.S. Department of Defense priorities for energy, environmental, and natural resource issues. These include...

The Evolution and Influence of International Environmental Norms

This Comment explores the evolution and influence of international environmental norms. One of the present authors, Prof. Armin Rosencranz, in a 2003 article discussed the origin and emergence of these norms. That article identified 20...

The Changing Nature of Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Environmental Cooperation

With respect to conflict and post-conflict environmental peacebuilding, three key themes characterize the post-Cold War world: (1) a change in how wars are fought and financed; (2) the United Nations’ more frequent and wide-...

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