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Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

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Recent posts from the Center's blog.


Events: Climate Change, Institutional Investment, and Intergenerational Justice: The Harvard Divestment Lawsuit
Yale Law School, Room 128, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT

Events: 2nd annual Yale Symposium on Chinese Overseas Investment and its Environmental and Social Impacts
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven

Events: Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters
Linsly Chittenden Hall | 63 High Street, New Haven, CT

Blog: Conversation with Natalia Greene about the Rights of Nature in Ecuador

As part of a major restructuring of the country’s legal framework, in 2008 Ecuador adopted a new Constitution by means of a national referendum. The 2008 Constitution – the country’s 20th – had a special component that made it different from any other constitution worldwide: it was the first Constitution to grant essential rights to Nature. 


News: Groups Aim to Lure Conservatives Out of the Closet on Climate Change
During remarks delivered at the Yale Environmental Law Association’s New Directions in Environmental Law conference last weekend, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat who has wrestled for years with his Republican counterparts on the issue of global warming, described the GOP as being somewhat at sea on the climate issue.

Blog: Cataloguing Impacts of the Shale Boom: A Foundation for Local Governance

The shale boom has stirred deep controversy across the United States.  With vast domestic deposits of natural gas and tight oil now both geologically and economically accessible, many stakeholders, from developers to landowners, are seeking to gain.  But others are sounding alarms over contaminated wells, methane flares, and toxic spills.  Federal and state authorities, with slow regulatory responses and minimal stake in local impacts, are often leaving local governments to navigate this controversy – and the many impacts of “fracking” – with constrained budgets and limited capacity.


News: Vietnamese Youth Embrace Environmental Activism
Vietnam’s rapid growth has had drastic environmental consequences with polluted waterways and extensive biodiversity loss. The country is rated 136 out of 178 countries on the 2014 Environmental Performance Index, including a rating of 170 for air quality. That puts its overall environmental performance behind China (118), but its air pollution is not as heavy as the notorious smog choking many Chinese cities.