Book – Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts

The University of Denver has posted an online version of the following book on environmental courts in foreign countries.

Greening Justice: Creating and Improving Environmental Courts

George Pring and Katherine Pring

Access Initiative, 2009

Book description:

Over the last three decades judicial institutions in some

countries have responded to environmental challenges

in innovative ways. Perhaps the best example is the

Green Bench of the Supreme Court of India that hears

public interest environmental cases filed by citizens.

In other countries, Governments have set up specialized

environmental courts and tribunals. The Land and

Environment Court of New South Wales, Australia, is a

leading example of a specialized court. Over 350 specialized

environmental courts and tribunals have been

established in 41 countries.

Nevertheless, most citizens still lack adequate access to

justice. Comparative research to help us with a deeper

understanding of the capabilities and impact of these

institutions is almost non-existent. Greening Justice:

Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals

seeks to fill this knowledge gap in the hope that all

those involved in creating or improving these specialized

institutions will have the benefit of a growing body

of global experiences.

George and Catherine Pring, a professor at the University

of Denver Sturm College of Law and a professional

mediator, respectively, from Colorado, authored this

volume based on field research they completed over the

last two years. They have interviewed judges, lawyers,

litigants, officials, and civil society representatives in

dozens of countries to unravel the key characteristics —

the “building blocks” — which contribute to making

environmental courts and tribunals effective in providing

citizen access to justice in environmental matters.

They identified 12 such characteristics and present them

with examples of successes and failures from around

the world. For those involved in creating or improving

environmental courts and tribunals, one of the most

useful aspects is the examples of best available practices

relating to each of the 12 characteristics. The volume

also provides a framework against which to assess existing

or proposed institutions.

New Journal: San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law

The University of San Diego School of Law has published the inaugural issue of the San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law. $27 per issue.

San Diego Journal of Climate and Energy Law

Table of Contents of Volume 1, 2009

Ist Annual Climate & Energy Law Symposium: Federal Preemption or State Prerogative: California inteh Face of National Climate Policy  -  Richard Lazarus

Energy Efficiency and Federalism – Ann Carlson

State Greenhouse Gas Regulation, Federal Climate Change Legislation, and the Preemption Sword - William Buzbee

The History of State Action in the Environmental Realm: A Presumption Against Preemption in Climate Change Law – Victor Flatt

Regional Climate Regulation: From State Competition to State Collaboration – Lesley McAllister

Decentralizing Cap and Trade? The Question of State Stringency – Alice Kaswan

The Clean Water Act and Power Plant Cooling Water Intake Structrures – John Minan

Climate Law and Policy in North America: Prospects for Regionalism – Neil Craik and Joseph Dimento

Climate Adaption and Federalism: Mapping the Issues – Daniel Farber

U.S. Government Blogs Organized by Subject, which provides official information and services from the United States Government, has recently organized federal government blogs by subject.

Under the current organization there are 11 categories:

  1. Business and Economics Blogs: Small business owners, economics news…
  2. Defense and International Relations Blogs: Military, foreign policy, veterans…
  3. Environment, Energy, and Agriculture Blogs: Agriculture, environmental protection, saving energy…
  4. Family, Home, and Community Blogs: Human services, community development, middle class…
  5. Health and Nutrition Blogs: Medicine, public health…
  6. History, Arts, and Culture Blogs: Museums, libraries…
  7. Jobs, Education, and Volunteerism Blogs: Volunteering, employment…
  8. Public Safety and Law Blogs: Security, law enforcement, disasters, emergencies…
  9. Reference and General Government Blogs: Grants, White House…
  10. Science and Technology Blogs: Information technology, Internet security…
  11. Travel and Recreation Blogs: Transportation, parks…

Hat tip to: ResourceShelf.

Ecosystem Marketplace

The Ecosystem Marketplace is a Web site devoted to information on environmental and climate change markets. The “library” link includes the following resources: latest laws, reports, whitepapers, articles, presentations, case studies, and books. The site also has a blog (EcoEko).

Ecosystem Marketplace

From the Web site description:

The Ecosystem Marketplace seeks to become the world’s leading source of information on markets and payment schemes for ecosystem services; services such as water quality, carbon sequestration and biodiversity. We believe that by providing solid and trust-worthy information on prices, regulation, science, and other market-relevant issues, markets for ecosystem services will one day become a fundamental part of our economic and environmental system, helping give value to environmental services that have, for too long, been taken for granted.

China Greentech Report 2009

The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have released the “China Greentech Report 2009″

From the Executive Summary:

This report is the culmination of an open source, collaborative research process, started in 2008 and concluded in August 2009, which has involved literally several hundred people in China and around the world. This process combined a dedicated strategic research team with ongoing and significant input from the Initiative’s partners and strategic advisors. The research process included the collection and consolidation of data from a wide range of Chinese and English language external sources; conducting of interviews with partners, strategic advisors and other industry experts; and in-depth analysis o fteh market. based on this research and considerable rounds of interaction with partners and strategic advisors, the Initiative developed key findings included in this report.

The China Greentech Report 2009 is the culmination of an open source, commercial collaboration of over 80 of the world’s leading technology companies, entrepreneurs, investors, NGOs and policy advisors. These organizations joined the China Greentech Initiative to address many of the important questions facing those interested in participating in this complex, rapidly changing market:

How should one frame the greentech opportunities that exist in China?

What are the most important environmental issues impacting China and whatare the forces driving them?

 How has China’s government and the international regulatory communityresponded to these issues?

 Which existing and emerging greentech solutions are most attractive forChina in the short, medium and long terms?

What are the biggest challenges facing China’s greentech markets?

 How might stakeholders overcome these challenges in order to accelerate

China’s greentech market development?

Two Web sites for researching environmental law and sustainable development issues in India

Here are two Web sites that are useful for keeping up with environmental issues and sustainable development in India. Based in New Delhi, the Centre for Science and Environment provides updates, reports and policy papers on air pollution, pollution monitoring, rainwater, natural resource management, and environment education.  The Centre also maintains a companion Web site “India Environment Portal” with additional publications and news reports on dozens of natutal resource and sustainability topics.

Centre for Science and Environment


India Environment Portal

Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda

Part of ongoing discussion on federal government openness and transparency, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Government Relations Office has delivered to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team a 114-page report Moving Toward a 21st Century Right-to-Know Agenda: Recommendations to President-elect Obama and Congress including 70+ prioritized recommendations on issues relating to national security and secrecy, usability of government information, and how to create an environment for greater transparency.

Green Library Blog

Check out Gerry McKiernan’s new Green Library Blog if you are interested in sustainable development or planning new library buildings.

The Green Library blog is devoted to documenting significant activities, events, literature, and projects that focus on ” … increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources — energy, water, and materials — while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal” of and by libraries.

Green Library Blog

hat tip to Arlene Cohen and IFLA.

China Dialogue: environment and sustainable development updates in English and Chinese

Just ran across an interesting English-Mandarin Web site devoted to environmental and sustainable development issues in China.  Chinadialogue offers bilingual versions of news reports, articles and book reviews.  The site provides content from Chinese and foreign authors. It is interesting to see the growth of multilingual sites with contributors from many countries.