An environmental lawyer discusses the future of the country’s bedrock environmental law.
Investing in forests to fight climate change seems like a sure bet. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, pump out oxygen, and live for decades. What could go wrong?
An environmental group has lost its legal challenge of regulatory exemptions given to a pair of dams in northern British Columbia.
I've been writing about the environment for years, but here are three presidents I don't think I've ever mentioned: James Monroe, Chester Alan Arthur, and William McKinley.
The Antiquities Act has been a presidential tool in protecting National Monuments. (Credit: anokarina/flickr)<p>John Lacey was an Iowa Congressman who pre-dated Teddy Roosevelt as a Republican conservationist.</p><p>He was instrumental in passing the <a href="https://www.wilderness.org/articles/article/how-america-started-saving-national-forests" target="_blank">Forest Reserve Act in 1891</a>, creating the precursors to U.S. National Forests. Concern over some of America's most colorful birds vanishing led to the <a href="https://www.fws.gov/international/laws-treaties-agreements/us-conservation-laws/lacey-act.html" target="_blank">Lacey Act of 1900</a>. The law restricted international trade in species, and is credited with reversing the trend of converting bright plumage into the trendy women's hats of the day. It's also a precursor to the Endangered Species Act.</p><p>In 1906, Lacey championed the <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/legal/american-antiquities-act-of-1906.htm" target="_blank">Antiquities Act</a>. Originally intended to preserve Native American sites in the Southwest from tourists and artifact hunters, presidents from Teddy Roosevelt to Obama have used the Act to create sizable National Monuments, like <a href="https://www.blm.gov/visit/bears-ears-national-monument" target="_blank">Bears Ears,</a> a sprawling Utah site designated by President Obama but reduced in size by President Trump.</p><p>Air pollution was left largely to state and local governments until 1955, when President Eisenhower signed the <a href="https://www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview/evolution-clean-air-act" target="_blank">Air Pollution Control Act</a>. Major re-writes evolved and strengthened the law in 1965 and 1991.</p><p>Let's bring in a fourth 1800's president and two laws he signed in 1872. Ulysses S. Grant gave us the statute now known as the <a href="https://www.americanrivers.org/2015/09/just-how-outdated-is-the-1872-mining-law/" target="_blank">1872 Mining Law</a>, which allows leasing of some public lands for mining for as little as $5 an acre. </p><p>Little has changed in a century-and-a-half, and hard-rock miners can claim an acre of federal land for the price of a bag of Doritos. And the U.S. is a permissive landlord, imposing minimal requirements for companies to clean up their messes.</p><p>Environmentalists, backed by some budget hawks, have tried for years to get Congress to <a href="https://earthworks.org/issues/general_mining_law_of_1872/" target="_blank">modernize or rescind the law</a>, with no success.</p>
The rules the Trump administration loves to criticize have made life better and healthier for millions of Americans.
Illegal gold mining led to deforestation of thousands of hectares of forests inside indigenous reserves in the Brazilian Amazon, according to new satellite image analysis by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project.
A key transition document is largely blind to the significant health threats related to climate change.
62 oil and gas companies from around the world signed on to a UN-led partnership aimed at bolstering monitoring and reductions of the potent climate-warming gas.
"Before decisions are made we need to practice what we preach when we say that we stand for justice and equity. In any decision-making process, youth need to be involved from the get-go."
"No one had ever looked at microplastics on Everest before—the scary thing is we found microplastic in every single snow sample that we took."