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Category Archives: Hot Topics 2008

Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center presents
Hot Topics in Environmental Law
Summer 2008 Brown Bag Lecture Series

Tort of Ecological Degradation

The following MP3 was recorded on Thursday, July 31, 2008. Joe Guth America permits environmental damage unless the responsible action can be shown not to provide a net social benefit. This allows legally justified environmental damage to grow without limit. The law should be redesigned to constrain environmental damage to an ecologically sustainable scale. Guth […]

Climate Change in the Courtroom

The following MP3 was recorded on Tuesday, June 17, 2008. Patrick Parenteau Can litigation solve climate change? No, but it can help galvanize public support and goad the sluggish political process into action before it’s too late. It can also draw attention to the plight of those most at risk––from the Inuit of Alaska to […]

Whales’ Tales: Sonar and National Defense

The following MP3 was recorded on Thursday, June 5, 2008. Stephen Dycus and David Mears Recent litigation brought by the NRDC to protect marine mammals from the Navy’s peace-time use of sonar raises questions about the application of environmental laws to military activities at home and abroad, as well as issues regarding the authority of […]

Cell Phones, China, and Corporate Responsibility in a Global Economy

This MP3 was recorded on Tuesday, July 29, 2008. Jacob Park Sustainable business specialist Jacob Park will examine the corporate environmental and social responsibility dimensions of the cell phone industry in China. This is part of a multiyear “Business and Environmental Value Opportunities in the Global Supply Chain of China’s Information and Communication Technology Industry” […]

Which Path Will the Dragon Take––Green or Grey?: The Latest Developments in China’s Environmental Governance

This MP3 was recorded on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. Tseming Yang and Jingjing Liu In February, China’s water pollution law was amended to impose much tougher penalties, including language suggesting potential citizen suits. In March, the State Environmental Protection Administration became the Ministry of Environmental Protection, achieving full cabinet rank for the first time. What […]

Conservation Easement Enforcement: Protection for Perpetuity

This MP3 was recorded on Thursday, July 17, 2008. Jessica Jay Why enforce conservation easements? When does easement enforcement begin? What types of violations are occurring? Who is violating and who is enforcing easements? How do you enforce a conservation easement? An examination of the permanence of land conservation through the lens of legal challenges […]

Covering the Environment in the Lone Star State

This MP3 was recorded on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Asher Price Competing claims about global warming; warring words over development and water quality; spin and alarm about nuclear power…how does a journalist cut through claims by dueling scientists and steer readers to the truth behind all the sniping? And in a state like Texas, how […]

The Economic Dynamics of Climate Change

This MP3 was recorded on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. David Driesen This lecture explains how an economic dynamic approach can help us address global climate change. This approach produces a positive economic dynamic fostering the innovations necessary for long term progress on the issue. It offers an alternative to the traditional emphasis on static efficiency […]

The Killing Fields: Reducing Casualties in the Battle Between Endangered Species and Pesticide Law

The following MP3 was recorded on Thursday, July 10, 2008. Mary Jane Angelo In the battle of conflicting goals and standards among the U.S. species protection laws and U.S. pesticide law, the unwitting casualties are the millions of birds, fish, andother species killed, and the hundreds of species at risk of extinction. Legislative reform seeks […]

Saws and Effect: The Terrifying Juggernaut of Illegal Logging

The following MP3 was recorded on Tuesday, July 8, 2008. Robert Anderson Widespread illegal logging in developing countries destroys habitat, affects climate, and feeds a multibillion dollar annual transnational trade in contraband wood. We will discuss current legislative, NGO, and business efforts in the U.S. and abroad to address this environmental crisis. Anderson’s views do […]