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Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

When you visit the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, you will be leaving the main Yale Law School website.

Recent posts from the Center's blog.


Events: Disproportionate Environmental Impact: Race, Poverty, and Protection for Vulnerable Communities
Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, Room 122

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.

Blog: Land Tenure and Sustainable Agriculture

This is the third and final post in a three-part series about agroforestry. In this post Elias Kohn explores the issue of land tenure and how secure tenure can promote sustainable practices.


Events: Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster
Room G01, Kroon Hall, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies | 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT

Blog: A Pre-Paris Climate Timeline

This morning Christiana Figueres briefed civil society on how to successfully approach the Paris climate conference (COP 21).

Instead of listing all of the plans within the UNFCCC to prepare for Paris—of which there are many— she reminded civil society of the need for dynamic action across all sectors and UN bodies.


Blog: How Land Tenure Standards Prevent Better Agriculture

This is the second post in a three part series about agroforestry. In this Post, author Elias Kohn considers some of the hurdles to broader implementation of the practice.