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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.

Building Energy Efficiency in China

Ruidong Jin and Fan Rui * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] I. Yesterday: Was Building Energy Efficiency Needed in China? This was the question asked by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) when we first entered China early in 1998. To our surprise, we found few people interested in energy efficient buildings. In

Oct 30, 2008

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