Friday, November 4, 2011

Smarter Cities Info-graphic

Postscapes has posted the below interesting info-graphic on "Insights into Building Smarter Cities"

- Blake Hudson

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Position Announcement - Environmental ADR Program Director

The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources, and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law has posted a job opening for a new alternative dispute resolution program focused on environmental, natural resources, and energy issues.  The position is for the director of the program.

Here is the announcement.  Note the link at the end for online applications:

The Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is establishing a new Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program focused on environmental, public lands, and natural resource issues and is currently accepting applications for the ADR Program Director. The Director will play a major role in initiating, designing, and developing the new ADR program. Specific responsibilities include identifying issues of local, regional, and national importance and proactively investigating ADR opportunities; public education about the benefits of mediation, collaboration, and other ADR options; providing ADR services to government agencies, corporations, environmental organizations, and other entities; fundraising to support the program; and research on ADR processes and opportunities. Requirements include a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree, along with a minimum of five (5) years of experience in alternative dispute resolution. Experience with environmental, natural resources, or energy law and policy, and especially experience with these issues in the western United States, is strongly preferred. For additional information and to apply, please go to http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/11104.

-Lincoln Davies

November 2, 2011 in Air Quality, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Current Affairs, Energy, Forests/Timber, Governance/Management, Land Use, Law, Mining, North America, Sustainability, Toxic and Hazardous Substances, US, Water Quality, Water Resources | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Yale-Stanford-Harvard Junior Faculty Forum Call for Submissions

Harvard has joined Stanford and Yale as a co-sponsor of an annual junior faculty forum.  This year environmental law is one of the sub-areas of interest, so they've asked blogs like ours to publicize the call for submissions. 

An event sponsored by those three institutions doesn't really need any extra promotion, but I'll give some anyway.  This is a great forum.  At least in my limited experience, the quality of the papers and the feedback was very high, and the participants did a good job providing constructive criticism in a supportive atmosphere.

The full call for submissions is below:

Stanford, Yale, and Harvard Law Schools announce the Junior Faculty Forum (the successor to the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum that has convened for the past twelve years) to be held at Harvard Law School on June 1-2, 2012, and seek submissions for this meeting.

The Forum's objective is to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange.  Meetings are held each spring, alternating between Yale, Stanford, and Harvard.

Approximately twelve junior scholars (with one to seven years of teaching and who are not yet tenured) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present.  One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from one of the host institutions, will comment on each paper.  The audience will include the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests.  The goal is discourse on both the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre.  We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain.  The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.

Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law, legal philosophy, and law and humanities -- alternating loosely between public law and humanities subjects in one year, and private and dispute resolution law in the next.  The focus of this year’s session will be public law and the humanities.  The topics to be addressed are:

Administrative Law                                                    

Constitutional Law

Criminal Law                                      

Employment Law, Social Welfare Policy, and Anti-Discrimination Law

Environmental Law

Family Law

Jurisprudence and Philosophy

Law and Humanities (including Law and Literature, Critical Legal Studies, and Gender Studies)

Legal History

Public International Law

There is no publication commitment associated with the Forum, nor is published work eligible. The host institution will pay presenters=' travel expenses and provide accommodation; presenters will be required to attend the entire Forum schedule.  Paper submissions for the Forum should be sent to Ms. Kaitlin Burroughs at Harvard Law School (1525 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138). Electronic submissions should be sent to kburroughs@law.harvard.edu. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2012. Please note on the cover letter which topic your paper falls under.

Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Adriaan Lanni (adlanni@law.harvard.edu) or Gabriella Blum (gblum@law.harvard.edu) at Harvard Law School, Joseph Bankman at Stanford Law School (jbankman@stanford.edu), or Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (ian.ayres@yale.edu).  We very much hope that young scholars will submit work.  If the strong commitment of the host schools can make it so, participation at the Forum will benefit presenters and the profession.

-Dave Owen

November 2, 2011 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Subdivisions Named for What they Destroy? Buy a Home in "Wildlife Preserve"!

A student in my Natural Resources Law class passed along the below photo today. Try not to be distracted by the football paraphernalia in the picture - it is, after all, fall in the south. But, as stated best by my student, "I saw this when I was up in GA over the weekend. I always heard that subdivisions are named after what they destroy, but this takes it to a new level...so I took a picture."

- Blake Hudson

Wildlife Preserve Subdivision

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

More on the Media's Coverage of Climate Change Science, via Jon Stewart

Perhaps you haven't seen Jon Stewart's segment on the debunking of climategate last week.  Here it is on the Daily Show website.  As I discussed last week on this blog, I was disheartened that the media used the adjective "independent" to describe the climate skeptics who produced the latest research confirming global temperature rise rather than all the truly independent scientists who have done so in the past.  Stewart also focuses on the media, particularly its lack of attention to the new story.  In contrast to the extensive media coverage that climategate received in 2009, Stewart says that the debunking of climategate got only 24 seconds of cable news coverage. 

Following Stewart's commentary, there is a related piece in which Aasif Mandvi interviews Republican strategist Noelle Nikpour. This piece really captures the disconnect between the scientific method and other popular approaches to truth-seeking such as religion, common sense, and gut feelings.  It’s also worth a watch.

- Lesley McAllister

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Climate Change and Changing Fall Foliage - A Little Less Colorful in the Northeast?

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I cannot imagine a northeastern U.S. without the vibrant fall colors of the maple-beech- Vermont forest-fall-08-web
birch forest (image seen right). But recently the U.S. Forest Service issued projections demonstrating that the suitable habitat for maple, beech, and birch trees may shift almost entirely out of the northeastern U.S. under a higher carbon emissions scenario by the year 2100 (click on image at the top). The habitat shift would occur due to climate change-induced changes in precipitation patterns and, of course, temperature.

The fauna and other flora that go along with the maple-beech-birch forest ecosystem would also disappear from the northeast as the habitat shifts. But ecological effects are not all that are at stake when it comes to shifting forest habitats and climate change. The effects of the forest shift on tourism and aesthetic values in the northeast would be profound. Tourism based on fall foliage in New England attracts over 1 million tourists annually and generates $1 billion in revenue. Of course, the oak-hickory forest that would move into the northeast under a higher emissions scenario provides its own mix of beautiful colors and aesthetic values. But it just seems strange to consider that in only a few generations the northeasterners and tourists of the future may have to look at old coffee table books to know what New England forests once looked like in the fall.

- Blake Hudson 

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

In Case You Missed It - The Week of October 23 to 29

* After years of contamination left it dead, the Ocoee River (the white water rafting paradise) is brought back to life

* Questions and lawsuits abound over whether the Canadian company TransCanada can use the power of eminent domain to gain access to U.S. property owners' land for its oil pipeline. Also, how about this for coincidence? One of the property owners is Sue Kelso (sound a bit like Susette Kelo?)

* Check out this neat time-lapse video of the removal of the Condit Dam in Washington State.

* The Vietnamese Rhino is now extinct.

* The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has issued a report on how businesses are bringing low carbon solutions to the market.

* "Forest carbon markets grow, despite uncertainty"

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