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Ecology Law Currents is the online-only publication of Ecology Law Quarterly, one of the nation’s most respected and widely read environmental law journals. Currents features short-form commentary and analysis on timely environmental law and policy issues.

Enhancing China’s Environmental Governance: Challenges and Opportunities

Fuqiang Yang and Min Hu * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] Introduction China’s economic and social development has had severe environmental impacts: from land and water resource deterioration to becoming the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, pollution has resulted in total losses equivalent to 3.05 percent of China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).[1]

California & the Future of Environmental Law & Policy

Richard M. Frank * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] Earlier this year, the U.C. Berkeley School of Law’s California Center for Environmental Law & Policy (CCELP) sponsored and hosted a major conference, “California & the Future of Environmental Law & Policy.”[1] The purpose of this successful event, which brought together government policymakers,

Sep 15, 2008

Can California’s Water Problems Be Solved?

Peter H. Gleick * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] Introduction The title of the speech is from a presentation titled “Can California’s Water Problems Be Solved?” but, in retrospect, this rhetorical question seems a bit ridiculous.[1] Of course California’s water problems can be solved. The important questions to ask here are not

Sep 15, 2008

Global Warming Tort Litigation: The Real “Public Nuisance”

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. and Dominic Lanza * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] Climate change litigation is booming. The past five years have witnessed a proliferation of global warming lawsuits brought under an array of novel legal theories. This article focuses on the subset of global warming cases involving “public nuisance” claims.

Sep 15, 2008