Monday, February 28, 2011

About Environmental Law Prof Blog

Welcome to the Relaunch of the Environmental Law Prof Blog!  We are here to stimulate discussion and thought about the ever-growing and all-important field of environmental law.  It is ever-growing because environmental law no longer just encompasses traditional pollution and natural resource management issues.  It is about energy, climate, ecology, and green technology.  It is also international, multinational, regional and comparative.  We aspire to blog about it all - the traditional, the new, and the future dimensions of environmental and natural resources law.

Environmental law is also all-important.  Our legal, social, and political systems depend on a well-functioning environment.  Environmental law has always been multidisciplinary, but the integrated nature of the environment and other disciplines is becoming ever more apparent.  It is not just biology and chemistry that environmental law must incorporate and integrate, but also sociology, political science, economics, and any other disciplines that inform us about topics such as consumption, trade, governance, and regulation.  In this blog, our goal is to engage with you in discussing the most important cross-cutting environmental issues of our time, including (to name a few):

- Global climate change - federal and state approaches

- Global governance - international negotiations, comparative international law

- Traditional federal environmental regulations - Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Toxic Substances Control Act

- Natural resource governance - Endangered Species Act, marine mammals, fisheries, forests, public lands

- Energy - oil and gas, alternative energy, efficiency standards, renewable technology siting, transmission and smart grid development

- State environmental regulation

- Theoretical aspects of environmental governance

- The balance between consumption/economic growth and sustainability/conservation

- Sovereignty, international inequity and US hegemony

- Regulatory design, enforcement, effectiveness and assessment

- Constitutional aspects of the environment - takings, commerce clause, federalism 

- Property and land use - zoning, green building, conservation easements, sprawl

- Transactional and litigation developments

- Interdisciplinary topics - political science, hard sciences 

- Environmental politics

- Environmental marketing and eco-labeling

- Agriculture - agricultural pollution, genetic engineering, labeling and marketing claims

Thank you for taking the time to read this note, and we look forward to hearing from you!

The Editors

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