HuffPost — If Judge Brett Kavanaugh becomes Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, activists who regularly use the courts to protect wildlife will need to rethink their legal strategies. In his 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Kavanaugh has decided against protections in 17― or about 95 percent of the time.Read More
New cases, shifting strategies, and the uncertainty of a reshuffled benchRead More
The newest wave of climate change lawsuits doesn’t target states or the federal government, or even the power plants that spew planet-warming pollution. They involve cities and counties who want to go after the oil, natural gas and coal producers directly, demanding money to help them cover the escalating costs of wildfires, landslides and other climate-linked disasters.Read More
Oceans Deeply—Imagine the weight of 80 million blue whales, the largest animal to ever roam the planet. That’s how much plastic has been produced over the past seven decades, growing from 2 million metric tons in 1950 at the dawn of the era of petroleum-based plastic, to more than 400 million metric tons annually in 2015.Read More
Men's Journal—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have released a proposal to rollback the "Waters of the U.S." rule, or WOTUS. Finalized by the Obama administration in 2015, the rule tackled a longstanding ambiguity in the original Clean Water Act — where state, local, or private oversight of a wetland or small waterway ends, and federal jurisdiction begins.Read More
Men's Journal — Gregg Treinish, the 35-year-old founder of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC), is shocked at how far micro-plastic pollution has spread into the environment. His group has found tiny plastic beads and fibers in samples from the most remote tropical seas and glacial meltwaters.
Men's Journal – On Friday President Trump signed an executive order mandating a review of the latest five-year plan for offshore natural gas and oil leasing, which the Obama administration finalized in November, as well as all regulations related to leasing energy development, including wind, in federal waters. The order also reverses President Obama’s ban on offshore drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off northern Alaska.Read More
Arctic Deeply – For decades, wind, river and ocean currents have carried DDT, PCBs and other persistent organic chemical pollutants into the Arctic from industrial and agricultural production elsewhere in the world, creating serious health problems for humans and wildlife as they accumulate in the food chain.Read More