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Historical and Current Insights on Environmental Health and Agricultural Guestworkers

Historically, during times of perceived labor shortages in the U.S. agricultural industry, the federal government has enacted policies to ensure the availability of temporary agricultural guestworkers. The current H-2A Temporary Agricultural Guestworker program has been in place for decades, and its use is expanding rapidly. Yet, policies that guarantee a stream of agricultural workers have

Jun 29, 2022
Joan Flocks and Maria Espinoza

Foreword: A Burning Issue

Is there any escape from the consequences of man’s near-Promethean arrogance with fire? In spring 2021, ELQ and the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at UC Berkeley School of Law centered this question in a half-day virtual symposium. The event brought academics, students, activists, and regulators into conversation about five burning issues: Federal

Jun 29, 2022
Claudia Polsky

How Algorithm-Assisted Decision Making Is Influencing Environmental Law and Climate Adaptation

After introducing the challenge of adapting water and energy systems to climate change, this Article synthesizes prior multidisciplinary work on algorithmic decision making and modeling-informed governance—bringing together the works of early climate scientists and contemporary leaders in algorithmic decision making. From this synthesis, this Article presents a framework for analyzing how well these tools integrate principles of equity, including procedural and substantive fairness—both of which are essential to democracy.

May 12, 2022
Sonya Ziaja

Meaningless Involvement: How Traditional Modes of Involvement Exclude Transgender People from Environmental Justice

This Article details how the marginalization of transgender people aggravates the environmental harms that they experience, thus demanding the proactive, facilitated involvement of the transgender community in environmental outreach and response. While transgender rights continue to achieve public acknowledgment, transgender people remain almost forgotten in scientific, policy, and legal literature concerning environmental inequities. This Article thus proposes a foundation of policy and practice to adopt a more queerand transgender-inclusive perspective for meaningful involvement in environmental law in order to safeguard the lives of transgender people that hang in the balance.

May 12, 2022
Zacary E. Wilson-Fetrow