Environmental Law

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    UN Probes DuPont, Chemours Over Human Rights Harms From PFAS (11/23/2023)

    Claudia Polsky, director of Berkley’s Environmental Law Clinic, said it’s rare for the Human Rights Council to send allegation letters to a transnational corporation, rather than solely to national government. “We hope the UN’s action will induce shareholders to bring DuPont in line with international human rights law.”

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    Electric vehicles face reality check as automakers dial back production targets (11/02/2023)

    While charging infrastructure has expanded, it’s still not exactly reliable in may places, said Ethan Elkind, director of the Climate Program at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment. “I think some of that is a victim of the success we’ve had with EV uptake, and so the chargers are getting more used. And the more they’re used, the more they’re going to break down.”

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    Some companies using lots of water want to be more sustainable. Few are close to their targets (10/26/2023)

    Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, said having companies report water-related sustainability targets and mapping their use across supply chains is an important step to using it better.

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    Why steering the IMF toward climate action is a financial imperative (10/18/2023)

    Ken Alex, director of Project Climate at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment co-writes an opinion for The Hill on the need to rally the IMF toward bold climate action.

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    Enabling Environmental Laws to Work, and Work Equitably (10/16/2023)

    Regulating industrial emissions and equipment—as California has been working to do for decades—certainly provides important benefits to surrounding communities, but “it’s not enough to say, ‘Let’s clean this up,’” says Louise Bedsworth, the executive director at the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment (CLEE) at UC Berkeley School of Law.“We have to think about building wealth and investment in communities—it’s all part of implementing environmental law and policy.”

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    Opinion: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign is a climate disaster (10/09/2023)

    Dan Farber, faculty director of Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment and Evan George, communications director of the UCLA Emmet Institute on Climate Change and the Environment write an opinion piece on the danger Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign poses to climate progress.   

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    How powerful land barons shaped the epic floods in California’s heartland (09/28/2023)

    Michael Kiparsky, founding director of the Wheeler Water Institute at Berkeley Law said the idea behind creating these quasi-governmental districts was sound. They brought together a group of landowners and enabled them to pool resources and build costly water infrastructure. The problem, he said, is that you can “get situations where you literally have one or a small number of very large landowners controlling an entity that is managing a public resource owned by the state of California.”

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    In Transit: The Joys — and Risks — of Being a Pedestrian (09/21/2023)

    Ethan Elkind,director of the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law discusses how California is addressing pedestrian safety issues.

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    Letters: Worries About Climate Change Should Spur Us to Action (09/21/2023)

    “Yes, Mr. Biden could declare a climate emergency, ban fossil fuel exports, cancel oil leases and stop fossil fuel investing abroad,” writes Professor Daniel Farber in his letter to the editor. “After being immediately halted by conservative judges, those emergency actions would go down in flames on 6-to-3 votes in the Supreme Court.”

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    California goes on offense against Big Oil (09/16/2023)

    “Having California participate is a big deal,” said Ken Alex, director, Project Climate at Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment. “These are difficult cases. They have five defendants who have endless resources; it’s not simple to prove what they need to prove in terms of misrepresentation.”