China’s Environmental Export Restrictions: An Environmental Protection Measure or Trade Strategy?

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China’s Environmental Export Restrictions: An Environmental Protection Measure or Trade Strategy?

by Emmeline Hateley, Staff Contributor

Last month, the World Trade Organization (WTO) affirmed that China’s export restrictions on rare earth elements used as raw materials in various energy-efficient products violated international trade law. Although China argues that the restrictions are an environmental protection measure, the United States and other countries think differently.

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Georgetown International Environmental Law Review Wildlife or Commodity?

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Wildlife or Commodity?

by Lilia Komleva, Staff Contributor

Exotic animals are highly sought after, and the demand has led to a widespread, and profitable, breeding industry. With this boom, however, ethical and conservation issues concerning treatment of these animals arise, and the legal implications are complex. (more…)

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Fine Particle Georgetown International Environmental Law Review Pollution and the NAAQS Revision Process

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Fine Particle Pollution and the NAAQS Revision Process

By Daniel Shaw, Staff Contributor

Governmental efforts to reduce air pollution in the United States are progressing in the form of a new round of revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Although lowering the acceptable levels of particle pollution is a good step, the government may not be lowering them enough to make a true impact on the state of air pollution in the United States. (more…)

IN BRIEF: Energiewende

IN BRIEF: Energiewende

New York Times Reporter Justin Gillis reports on the German transition to renewable energy, Energiewende. Gillis reports that the renewable energy revolution is “a disruption potentially as great as those that have remade the airlines, the music industry and the telephone business.”

GIELR Managing Editor Anna Milena Jurca analyzed the background and implications of Energiewende earlier this year.

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Georgetown International Environmental Law Review Fracking: What is it Costing Us? Pt. III

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Fracking: What is it Costing Us? – Pt. III

by Daniel Quandt

Fracking, a source of national controversy, has been widely publicized, and often vilified. Despite its frequent presence in the national news, it is argued that fracking should not lie solely in the domain of federal regulation.

Instead, local communities are trying to take the lead in restricting the practice.

In this three part series, the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review will explore the controversy surrounding hydraulic fracturing, a practice more commonly known as “fracking.” Part I provides an overview of the history of fracking, and the process involved in the technique. Part II addresses statutory regulation of the practice, at the federal, state, and local levels. Part III delves into the controversy, analyzing the legal challenges to fracking brought in In the Matter of Wallach v. Town of Dryden and Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (more…)

Georgetown International Environmental Law Review Fracking: What is it Costing Us? Pt. II

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Fracking: What is it Costing Us? – Pt. II

by Daniel Quandt

Fracking, a source of national controversy, has been widely publicized, and often vilified. Despite its frequent presence in the national news, it is argued that fracking should not lie solely in the domain of federal regulation.

Instead, local communities are trying to take the lead in restricting the practice.

In this three part series, the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review will explore the controversy surrounding hydraulic fracturing, a practice more commonly known as “fracking.” Part I provides an overview of the history of fracking, and the process involved in the technique. Part II addresses statutory regulation of the practice, at the federal, state, and local levels. Part III delves into the controversy, analyzing the legal challenges to fracking brought in In the Matter of Wallach v. Town of Dryden and Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (more…)

Georgetown International Environmental Law Review Fracking: What is it Costing Us? Pt. I

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Fracking: What is it Costing Us? – Pt. I

by Daniel Quandt

Fracking, a source of national controversy, has been widely publicized, and often vilified. Despite its frequent presence in the national news, it is argued that fracking should not lie solely in the domain of federal regulation.

Instead, local communities are trying to take the lead in restricting the practice.

In this three part series, the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review will explore the controversy surrounding hydraulic fracturing, a practice more commonly known as “fracking.” Part I provides an overview of the history of fracking, and the process involved in the technique. Part II addresses statutory regulation of the practice, at the federal, state, and local levels. Part III delves into the controversy, analyzing the legal challenges to fracking brought in In the Matter of Wallach v. Town of Dryden and Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (more…)

Georgetown International Environmental Law Review Can Pollinator Stewardship Council v. EPA Help Solve the Colony Collapse Disorder Crisis? – Pt. III

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Can Pollinator Stewardship Council v. EPA Help Solve the Colony Collapse Disorder Crisis? – Pt. III

by Alexander Martone, Staff Contributor

The Environmental Protection Agency is in federal court again. What is the source of its troubles this time? Owners of coal-fueled power plants? Boosters of the spotted owl? Disposers of hazardous waste?

No. This time, it’s the honeybee.

Part I of this series looked at the importance of bees, the crisis of Colony Collapse Disorder, and attempts to respond to it. Part II addressed the allegations of the Pollinator Stewardship Council in its lawsuit seeking to roll back EPA approval of an insecticide allegedly implicated in the bee crisis, and the counter-arguments of the agency. Part III now considers the possible results of this still-pending case.

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Georgetown International Environmental Law Review Can Pollinator Stewardship Council v. EPA Help Solve the Colony Collapse Disorder Crisis? Pt. II

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Can Pollinator Stewardship Council v. EPA Help Solve the Colony Collapse Disorder Crisis? – Pt. II

by Alexander Martone, Staff Contributor

The Environmental Protection Agency is in federal court again. What is the source of its troubles this time? Owners of coal-fueled power plants? Boosters of the spotted owl? Disposers of hazardous waste?

No. This time, it’s the honeybee.

Part I of this series considered the importance of bees, the crisis of Colony Collapse Disorder, and attempts to respond to it. Part II now focuses on one particular response to the disease: a lawsuit that aims to roll back the EPA’s approval of a certain neonicotinoid insecticide, which some say is causing the malady.

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