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Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twent...
by Robert Bilott

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

October 08, 2019

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<b>鈥?lt;/b><b>For <i>Erin Brockovich</i> fans, a David vs. Goliath tale with a twist.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /> <br /><b>The story that inspired the major motion picture <i>Dark Waters,</i> starring Mark Ruffalo as Robert Bilott.</b><br /><br />In 1998, Rob Bilott began a legal battle against DuPont that would consume the next twenty years of his life, uncovering the worst case of environmental contamination in modern history and a corporate cover-up that put the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk. Representing a single farmer who was convinced the creek on his property had been poisoned by runoff from a nearby DuPont landfill, Rob ultimately discovers the truth about PFAS鈥攗nregulated, toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing of Teflon and a host of other household goods. DuPont鈥檚 own scientists had issued internal warnings for years about the harmful effects of PFAS on human health, but the company continued to allow these chemicals to leach into public drinking water. Until Rob forced them to face the consequences.<br /> <br /> <i>Exposure</i> is an unforgettable legal drama about malice and manipulation, the failings of environmental regulation, and one lawyer鈥檚 quest to expose the truth about this previously unknown鈥攁nd still unregulated鈥攃hemical that presents one of the greatest human health crises of the 21st century.
Hidden War: How Special Operations Game Wardens Are Reclaiming Am...
by John Nores

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<p><strong>This isn鈥檛 a book about a聽conflict in a faraway country; it's a wake-up call.</strong></p><br /><p>While debates about border security continue to rage, and with stories about legal and illegal marijuana in the news daily,聽<em>Hidden War</em>聽forces an astonishing dose of reality into the public consciousness.聽</p><br /><p>California game warden Lt. John Nores, Jr., now retired, has been at the forefront of an under-reported battle against thousands of Mexican drug cartel members who grow toxic marijuana on U.S. soil, frequently on public lands, and sometimes remarkably close to population centers. Who would guess that this struggle is even going on, or that game wardens are on the front lines?</p><br /><p>Not only does black market marijuana cultivation undermine legitimate growers, but it endangers lives. The cartels, armed and ready to defend their cash crop, pose a huge threat to hikers, hunters, bikers, bird watchers and everyone else who enjoy public lands and wild places. Further, trespass marijuana growers divert waterways and use banned chemicals that render the plants toxic. And even after these criminals are long gone, they leave behind an environmental disaster that may never be fixed.</p><br /><p>It's estimated that black market sales of marijuana comprise up to 90% of all weed sales annually.聽California is at the hub of this problem, and the effects reverberate across the U.S.</p><br /><p>This is John Nores' personal account of his time leading the elite California聽Special Operations Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET).聽<em>Hidden War</em>聽brings to life the firsthand story of how America鈥檚 unsung heroes are fighting to keep our wild lands safe.</p>
Comparative and Global Environmental Law and Policy (Aspen Course...
by , Robert V. Percival

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English

Pages

1048

Publication Date

September 13, 2019

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<p></p><p>Written by leading scholars and experts with extensive practice and teaching experience in the field, <strong><em>Comparative and Global Environmental Law and Policy</em></strong> offers a student-friendly approach to the study of a rapidly evolving and important area of law.聽Its multi-jurisdictional selection of judicial opinions and legal materials introduces students to the worldwide reach of environmental law.聽Through its substance, the book familiarizes students not only with governing and emerging legal principles but also demonstrates how legal norms are applied to specific issues and contexts, illustrating how law-on-the-books becomes law-in-action.聽Student understanding is reinforced by problem exercises and discussion questions.</p><p></p> <p></p><p><strong>Professors and students will benefit from:</strong></p><p></p> <p></p><ul><p></p> <p></p><li>A multi-jurisdictional selection of environmental law cases and regulatory materials from across the world, with many cases from the developing world and emerging economies.</li><p></p> <p></p><li>Separate chapters on rapidly evolving and critical topics such as rights of nature, sustainability, corporations and private environmental governance, human rights and the environment, and climate change.</li><p></p> <p></p><li>Presentation of basic background principles of environmental law, institutions, and governance and their operation in international, national and subnational systems, including indigenous governance systems.</li><p></p> <p></p><li>Emphasis across the book on issues of institutions and governance as well as enforcement and effectiveness.<strong>聽</strong></li><p></p> <p></p><li>Judicial opinions providing an authoritative articulation of how legal principles are applied in various systems.</li><p></p> <p></p><li>Numerous problem exercises and discussion questions to introduce topics and reinforce concepts and materials.</li><p></p> <p></p><li>Integrated perspective on the relationship of international and transnational environmental law, national environmental law, environmental norms and principles in other settings such as in private environmental governance, and governance institutions.聽聽</li><p></p> <p></p></ul><p></p>
A Civil Action
by Jonathan Harr

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English

Pages

514

Publication Date

August 10, 2011

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This true story of an epic courtroom showdown, where two of the nation's largest corporations were accused of causing the deaths of children from water contamination, was a #1 national bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. <br /> 聽<br /> Described as 鈥渁 page-turner filled with greed, duplicity, heartache, and bare-knuckle legal brinksmanship by <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>A Civil Action</i> is the searing, compelling tale of a legal system gone awry鈥攐ne in which greed and power fight an unending struggle against justice. Yet it is also the story of how one man can ultimately make a difference. 聽Representing the bereaved parents, the unlikeliest of heroes emerges: a young, flamboyant Porsche-driving lawyer who hopes to win millions of dollars and ends up nearly losing everything, including his sanity. With an unstoppable narrative power reminiscent of Truman Capote鈥檚 <i>In Cold Blood</i>, <i>A Civil Action</i> is an unforgettable reading experience that will leave the reader both shocked and enlightened.<br /> 聽<br /> <i>A Civil Action</i> was made into a movie starring John Travolta and Robert Duvall.
Crude Justice: How I Fought Big Oil and Won, and What You Should ...
by Stuart H. Smith

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English

Pages

266

Publication Date

January 13, 2015

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<b>鈥淎 page turner that reads like a crime novel鈥攐nly the events documented in the book are all too real鈥?(David Sirota, author of <i>Back to Our Future</i>).</b><br /> 聽<br /> One day in Laurel, Mississippi, a twenty-six-year-old expectant mom named Karen Street sat down at the edge of her bathtub鈥攁nd felt her hip split in two. The episode was so bizarre that it wasn鈥檛 until later鈥攁fter she saw the doctor鈥攖hat she realized her bone disease was almost certainly linked to her father-in-law鈥檚 business. Winston Street ran a machine shop that drilled the gunk out of pipes used by Chevron, Shell, and other giants of the oil industry鈥攃reating a white powder that covered Karen Street鈥檚 husband鈥檚 overalls every night, which then landed in their vegetable garden聽.聽.聽. and was highly radioactive.<br /> 聽<br /> Winston Street didn鈥檛 know the dust was poisonous, nor did his workers or his family. But someone did. There was evidence that America鈥檚 big oil companies were aware for decades that they were pulling up radium from under the earth, poisoning yards like Street鈥檚 while dumping radioactive water in unlined pits across the South. Now, to prove that and win justice for his blue-collar clients, an untested young lawyer named Stuart H.聽Smith and his eccentric team would have to get the better of America鈥檚 best-known radiation attorney and the global clout of Chevron inside a Mississippi courtroom.<br /> 聽<br /><i>Crude Justice</i> tells how the 鈥渓ittle guy鈥?can take on the behemoth of Big Oil and win鈥攚ith the help of a good attorney. Recounting more than two decades as a top environmental lawyer in the toxic oil patch of the American South, Smith tells the story of how he upped the ante again and again鈥攇etting the best of Chevron, then taking on the world鈥檚 most powerful corporation, ExxonMobil, with $1 billion on the line, and finally ferreting out the elusive truth behind BP鈥檚 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, the worst oil spill in US history.<br /> 聽<br /> Smith finally builds upon the courtroom drama of his past and the environmental threats of the present鈥攆rom fracking to the Keystone XL pipeline鈥攖o issue a resounding call for America to break its crippling addiction to fossil fuels.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淗ugely satisfying聽.聽.聽. At the same time, it is an alarming close-up view of an industry that routinely distorts or hides any evidence against it.鈥?鈥擩ohn Berendt, author of <i>Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil</i>
Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
by Rob Nixon

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

June 01, 2011

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鈥淪low violence鈥?from climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war takes place gradually and often invisibly. Rob Nixon focuses on the inattention we have paid to the lethality of many environmental crises, in contrast with the sensational, spectacle-driven messaging that impels public activism today.
Saving the Oceans Through Law: The International Legal Framework ...
by James Harrison

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English

Pages

350

Publication Date

October 27, 2017

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The oceans cover more than seventy per cent of the surface of the planet and they provide many vital ecosystem services. However, the health of the world's oceans has been deteriorating over the past decades and the protection of the marine environment has emerged as one of the most pressing legal and political challenges for the international community. An effective solution depends upon the cooperation of all states towards achieving agreed objectives. This book<br />provides a critical assessment of the role that international law plays in this process, by explaining and evaluating the various legal instruments that have been negotiated in this area, as well as key trends in global ocean governance.<br /><br />Starting with a detailed analysis of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the book considers the main treaties and other legal texts that seeks to prevent, reduce, and control damage to the marine environment caused by navigation, seabed exploitation, fishing, dumping, and land-based activities, as well as emerging pressures such as ocean noise and climate change. The book demonstrates how international institutions have expanded their mandates to address a broader range of<br />marine environmental issues, beyond basic problems of pollution control to include the conservation of marine biological diversity and an ecosystems approach to regulation. It also discusses the development of diverse regulatory tools to address anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment and the<br />extent to which states have adopted a precautionary approach in different maritime sectors. Whilst many advances have been made in these matters, this book highlights the need for greater coordination between international institutions, as well as the desirability of developing stronger enforcement mechanisms for international environmental rules.
Environmental Policy and Public Health
by , Maureen Y. Lichtveld

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English

Pages

536

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<p>As with the first edition, this second edition describes how environmental health policies are developed, the statutes and other policies that have evolved to address public health concerns associated with specific environmental hazards, and the public health foundations of the policies. It lays out policies for what is considered the major environmental physical hazards to human health. Specifically, the authors describe hazards from air, water, food, hazardous substances, and wastes. To this list the authors have added the additional concerns from climate change, tobacco products, genetically-modified organisms, environment-related diseases, energy production, biodiversity and species endangerment, and the built environment. And as with the first edition, histories of policymaking for specific environmental hazards are portrayed. This edition differs from its antecedent in three significant themes. Global perspectives are added to chapters that describe specific environmental hazards, e.g., air pollution policies in China and India. Also there is the material on the consequences of environmental hazards on both human and ecosystem health. Additionally readers are provided with information about interventions that policymakers and individuals can consider in mitigating or preventing specific environmental hazards.</p>
The Climate Casino
by William D. Nordhaus

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English

Pages

393

Publication Date

October 22, 2013

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<p><b>The 2018 Nobel laureate for economics analyzes the politics and economics of the central environmental issue of today and points the way to real solutions</b></p><p>Climate change is profoundly altering our world in ways that pose major risks to human societies and natural systems. We have entered the Climate Casino and are rolling the global-warming dice, warns economist William Nordhaus. But there is still time to turn around and walk back out of the casino, and in this essential book the author explains how.</p><p>Bringing together all the important issues surrounding the climate debate, Nordhaus describes the science, economics, and politics involved鈥攁nd the steps necessary to reduce the perils of global warming. Using language accessible to any concerned citizen and taking care to present different points of view fairly, he discusses the problem from start to finish: from the beginning, where warming originates in our personal energy use, to the end, where societies employ regulations or taxes or subsidies to slow the emissions of gases responsible for climate change.</p><p>Nordhaus offers a new analysis of why earlier policies, such as the Kyoto Protocol, failed to slow carbon dioxide emissions, how new approaches can succeed, and which policy tools will most effectively reduce emissions. In short, he clarifies a defining problem of our times and lays out the next critical steps for slowing the trajectory of global warming.</p>
Energy Security along the New Silk Road: Energy Law and Geopoliti...
by Anatole Boute

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English

Pages

277

Publication Date

June 13, 2019

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Guaranteeing energy security is one of the most complex challenges of energy law and policy. Energy insecurity threatens economic development, social peace and stability. This book focuses on energy security in the strategically important region of Central Asia. The region holds huge energy reserves, but its energy systems are highly inefficient and unreliable, and thus require urgent reform. However, endemic corruption, discrimination and the strong centralization of power have so far blocked initiatives to reorganize energy supply. The case of Central Asia is uniquely relevant for understanding the informal constraints on energy law and policy. In addition, Central Asian energy insecurity illustrates the impact of geopolitics on the regulation of energy markets. The region is strategically located in Russia's sphere of influence and along China's New Silk Road. Its energy situation highlights the complex interactions amongst energy law, geopolitics and institutions.

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