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September 29, 2010

Fish & Wildlife Final Climate Strategy Released

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s genesis was the Federal response in 1871 to the collapse in the nation’s food fishes from overharvesting.  Its mandate was to find ways to reverse that decline. By the early 1900s, the decimation of migratory birds for their plumes prompted the development of a national system of lands and waters set aside as refuges for wildlife.  By the mid-1960s, the loss and threat of loss of species of fish and wildlife grew the Service’s mission to also include conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered species.

A new strategic plan has been released by the Service in response to accelerating climate change.  The plan hinges on three concepts:  adaptation, mitigation and engagement.

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April 5, 2010

Bureau of Environmental Statistics?

Filed under: Electronic Resources, environmental law — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 10:46 am

Looking at environmental enforcement?  BNA’s Daily Environment Report offers a survey covering enforcement of environmental laws including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act in 2009.  The report, Enforcement: The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2009,  authored by Steven Solow, calls for the Obama Administration to create a Bureau of Environmental Statistics similar to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to “improve environmental protection, grapple with developing data needs on climate change, and provide both the public and private sectors of the United States with reliable and comprehensive data about environmental matters.”

Solow writes:

The BES would be the principal fact-finding agency in the area of the environment It would be an independent national statistical agency, not an “office” of EPA or of any other federal agency. It would collect, process, analyze, and disseminate information to EPA and other federal agencies, as well as to the public, Congress, state and local governments, and the private sector.

Besides reviewing activity in the first year of the Obama Administration, the authors look at new enforcement initiatives, new discovery guidance, an increased focus on chemicals, and electronic waste. The authors also provide summaries of criminal cases brought around the country last year.


The Law Library at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii makes this resource and many others available to faculty, students and staff of the Law School and to other patrons visiting the Law Library.

February 3, 2010

55 Countries Submit Emissions Goals to U.N.

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On Feb. 1, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reported that 55 countries had submitted greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.  U.N. officials reportedly told BNA that “more than 100 countries” had declared official support for the Copenhagen Accord by the Jan. 31 deadline.  Together, the pledges from 55 countries account for 78% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Read more in BNA’s International Environment Daily.


The Law Library at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii makes this resource and many others available to faculty, students and staff of the Law School and to other patrons visiting the Law Library.

January 29, 2010

US OKs Copenhagen Accord

Filed under: Electronic Resources, environmental law — Tags: , — uhlawlibrary @ 9:05 am

The Daily Environment Report (BNA) reports that the US has targeted a 17% reduction in emissions by the year 2020 in its pledge to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.  However, the US will only consider the pledge binding if the “Annex 1 Parties [under the Kyoto Protocol], as well as the more advanced non-Annex 1 parties, have, by January 31, associated with the Accord and submitted mitigation actions for compilation.”  So far 23 nations have indicated compliance with the Accord.  Read more at 18 DEN A-1 online.


The Law Library at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii makes this resource and many others available to faculty, students and staff of the Law School and to other patrons visiting the Law Library.

January 27, 2010

Get Email Alerts From BNA on Environmental Law

Filed under: Electronic Resources, environmental law, Uncategorized — Tags: , — uhlawlibrary @ 8:00 am

You can sign-up for email alerts from BNA’s Daily Environment Report.  Simply scroll down the page and at the bottom of the right-hand column is a link to “Sign-up for or modify e-mail preferences” in the box entitled “Getting Started.”  At this sign-up you can also opt to get email alerts from other BNA products.  The Daily Environment Report includes information on the following major topics:

  • Asbestos
  • Biological diversity
  • Biotechnology
  • Brownfields
  • CAFE standards
  • CAFOS
  • Chemical regulation
  • Clean Air Act
  • Clean Water Act
  • Climate change
  • Emergency planning
  • Emissions trading
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Energy efficiency
  • Enforcement
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Environmental management
  • Food Quality Protection Act
  • Forests
  • Hazardous waste cleanup
  • HAZMAT transport
  • Mining
  • New source review
  • Nuclear energy
  • Oil spills
  • Ozone depletion
  • PCBs
  • Pesticides
  • Pipeline safety
  • Radioactive waste
  • Recycling
  • Renewable energy including ethanol and wind power
  • Right-to-know
  • Risk assessment
  • Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Sewerage projects and combined sewer overflows
  • Significant new uses
  • Stewardship
  • Superfund
  • Sustainability
  • TMDLs and other water pollution issues
  • Toxic substances
  • Voluntary standards
  • Waste management
  • Wetlands

The Law Library at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii makes this resource and many others available to faculty, students and staff of the Law School and to other patrons visiting the Law Library.

January 25, 2010

Environmental Law – Online Resources

Filed under: Electronic Resources, environmental law, Uncategorized — Tags: , — uhlawlibrary @ 4:12 pm

The Law Library makes the following proprietary databases available to researchers.  These are freely available to current students, faculty, and staff and any public patron who is physically located in the Law Library.*

Free Web Sites

*Current students, faculty and staff can click on the links for access from computers located within the law school or remotely via the proxy server.  One only needs to know one’s login to access these online materials remotely.  Public patrons who are physically located in the Law Library may access these databases from our public access terminals located in the lobby.


The Law Library at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii makes this resource and many others available to faculty, students and staff of the Law School and to other patrons visiting the Law Library.

December 17, 2009

Copenhagen Controversy: Hopenhagen or Nopenhagen?

Filed under: environmental law — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 9:23 am

A guest blogger on Maxine Burkett’s Islands at Risk Blog offers a post that is worthy of several reads.  Hopenhagen or Nopenhagen? blogger, Tim Ream, a Univ. of Oregon law student, writes, “There is a vast ocean of positive action held back by a dam of fear and self-interest.”  Tim and others attending the climate summit in Copenhagen want the world’s leaders to show some creative leadership, especially President Obama.

December 11, 2009

Islands at Risk Blog – Maxine Burkett

Filed under: environmental law — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 3:00 pm

Follow Maxine Burkett blogging from Copenhagen and the COP on http://islandsatrisk.org/.  A recent post, “Side Events, Relocation, and Other Interesting Tidbits,” discusses whether there can be “climate refugees” legally.  She also reported on China’s research into “per capita access to the atmospheric commons (in other word emissions will be shared equally amongst all global citizens rather than the current state of affairs that allows developed countries citizens to have vastly greater emissions than their counterparts in the developing world).”

December 10, 2009

Follow News From Climate Change Conference

Filed under: Electronic Resources, environmental law — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 10:35 am

Follow all of the news coming out of the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on BNA’s World Climate Change Report.

Headlines today include:

  • Nongovernmental Organizations Claim Loopholes in Developed Nation Commitments (12/10/09)
  • Soros Says Rich Nations Should Increase Adaptation Support, IMF Should Shift Funds (12/10/09)

This resource is provided to students and faculty of the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law by the Law Library.

UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15) Webcast

Filed under: environmental law — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 10:01 am

Follow it live at:

http://www3.cop15.meta-fusion.com/kongresse/cop15/templ/ovw.php?id_kongressmain=1&theme=cop15

Send your greetings to the conference at: http://en.cop15.dk/climate+greetings

The Climate Greetings will be shown on large screens throughout COP15 as well as at various other venues in Denmark and around the world.

Note: Our own Professor Maxine Burkett is attending the conference.

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