The Environmental Forum

Volume 38 Issue 2

March-April 2021

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Advocating for the Future

LEAD FEATURE Attorneys in our varied roles need to step up and address the climate crisis for the sake of every person and for the public good. All lawyers must be sustainability lawyers now.

By John C. Dernbach, Irma Russell and Matt Bogoshian
Widener University , University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law , University of California, Davis
Oil and Toil, Double Trouble

CENTERPIECE The data show U.S. employment and the overall economy can perform well when the price of crude is high as well as when it is low. What upsets policymakers and producers is price volatility, and there are not many ways to insulate the United States from global oil shocks.

By James Barrett
Barrett Economics
Bioengineering the Future

COVER STORY A sustainable, circular economy may depend on solutions coming from life itself. So think of today’s biology not as just a science, but as a precision-manufacturing platform — digitally interconnected, increasingly automated, flexible, and cost-effective.

By David Rejeski and Mary E. Maxon
Environmental Law Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
How a Citizen Took on the Oil Refinery

PROFILE When it comes to those yawn-worthy, overly technical, bureaucratic reviews of major projects like refineries and pipelines — is public participation really even worth the effort? Citizen Gordon Danzell’s lonely battle against dangerous air pollution says yes.

By Robo Csernyik
The Narwhal
The Debate: Time for the United States to Sign the Law of the Sea Treaty?

The United States is not a party to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a treaty it rejected in 1982. This Debate addresses implementation of the accord’s environmental and natural resource provisions, which caused the U.S. pullout. With another new administration taking over and possibly signing the treaty, UNCLOS, led by Washington, could help to secure benefits for all Americans while helping the oceans overcome climate change, pollution threats, and biodiversity collapse.

By Maria Amparo Alban, Simon Bennett, Xiao Recio-Blanco, Anders C. Jessen, Cymie R. Payne and Mark J. Spalding
InterAmerican Institute for Justice and Sustainability, International Chamber of Shipping, Environmental Law Institute, European Commission, Rutgers University, The Ocean Foundation
By: David P. Clarke

To “Build Back Better,” Biden Must Undo Trump’s Obstruction Legacy.

By: Craig M. Pease

Water, Water, Everywhere but Too Little in Mississippi, Ciénega Creek.

By: Linda K. Breggin

A New Era of Federal Engagement Begins With States and Localities.

By: Sally R.K. Fisk

The Pandemic Could Not Derail Corporate Sustainability Ambition.

By: Bethany A. Davis Noll

Disorder in the Courts — More Than Usual Transition Upheaval.

By: Ethan Shenkman

Biden Off to the Races — With a Boost From the D.C. Circuit.

By: Joseph E. Aldy

Modernizing Regulatory Review for Energy, Environmental Policy.

By: Stephen R. Dujack, By: Akielly Hu

Society at Cluster of Inflection Points.

By: G. Tracy Mehan III

An Insightful History, 40 Valuable Prescriptions.

By: Akielly Hu

ELI's New Handbook Guides Marine Spatial Planners

By: Carl Bruch

Evaluating the Effects of Conflict and Fragility on Environmental Outcomes.

By: Scott Fulton

An Ancient Text for Modern Problems.