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Are countries legally required to protect their citizens from climate change?

by Ensia  (Jul. 15, 2015)

A Dutch court recently ruled that greenhouse gas reduction is a state obligation. Here’s what that could mean for the rest of the world. On June 24, 2015, a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch government to act faster in its duty to protect its citizens against the effects of climate change. This marks the first time the issue has been ...

Environmental forensics: courting science?

by Hargis + Associates Inc  (Apr. 14, 2010)

Forensics and hydrology are two terms that may not seem to go together well. To the uninitiated, this combination may evoke images of the crime scene investigation that ensues when some patsy goes into the drink wearing cement overshoes. Rather, the term environmental forensics, essentially the parent discipline of forensic hydrology, has found ...

Building the new environmentalism

by Ensia  (Dec. 11, 2014)

We must build a new economy. And to do that, we must build a new politics. Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, we must ask a basic question: What is an environmental issue? Air and water pollution, yes. But what if the right answer is that an environmental issue is anything that determines environmental outcomes? Then the definition ...

Environmental enforcement trends in brazil

by Enhesa - Global EHS & Product Compliance Assurance  (Mar. 14, 2012)

Environmental enforcement trends in brazil Brazil does not have a strong reputation for the enforcement of its laws. Lesley K. McAllister stated that “The paradox of environmental enforcement in Brazil is that environmental laws are strong but environmental agencies are weak.” (McAllister paraphrasing Aragão and Bunker, 1998, ...

Environmental Insurance: Tailored to Fit

by Environmental Insurance Agency, Inc.  (Dec. 1, 1999)

 More sophisticated insurance tools are making it earier to protect your property Contaminated properties represent a huge investment opportunity, but much of it lies untapped because of environmental liability concerns. Anyone who buys property that is actually or potentially contaminated should consider it as a risk management option, and ...

Environmental Insurance: Finding a Good Tailor

by Environmental Insurance Agency, Inc.  (Dec. 1, 1999)

 An article by this author in the December 1999 issue of Brownfield News analyzed two new environmental insurance products, the cleanup cost cap and pollution liability policies, which have proven to be key factors in the success of some contaminated property transactions. The article explained that, to achieve this success, environmental ...

Top ten experts in environmental, health, and safety issues related to engineered nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Apr. 30, 2009)

Over the last five years of publication, we have published “Top Ten” articles on venture capital firms, investment banks, and IP lawyers involved in nanotechnology. For the first issue of 2009, we highlight ten individuals with substantial expertise in environmental, health and safety issues related to engineered nanomaterials. We expect these ...

Life after 9/11: The Impact on Environmental Management (PDF)

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.  (Jan. 1, 2002)

Much in the world has changed since September 11, 2001. Has environrnental rnanagernent changed too? The answer is an unqualified yes. Environrnental rnanagers, product stewards, regulatory specialists, lawyers, consultants, and others rnust all be rnindful of the significant -- and likely perrnanent -- changes brought about by the attacks on ...

Integrated Environmental Risk Management in Real Estate Transactions

by Environmental Insurance Agency, Inc.  (Nov. 1, 1998)

 Traditional risk management posits a rational, five-step process for managing risks. The outstanding differences between this traditional process and the environmental risk management process lie in the technicality and complexity of step one (identifying and analyzing environmental risk) and of the first part of step two (examining the ...

Rethinking the role of business in solving environmental threats

by Ceres  (Nov. 1, 2013)

In 2012, when the Obama Administration sought to raise average fuel economy standards, something unexpected happened. The "Big Three" automakers -- General Motors, Chrysler and Ford - backed the effort. For decades, every attempt to raise fuel economy standards had been met with stiff opposition from automakers who argued it was too costly, too ...

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