The Spud’s Genetically Engineered Makeover

The United States Food & Drug Administration (“FDA”) is currently considering whether the Innate Potato TM, a new genetically engineered (“GE”) potato,[1] should be green-lighted for US market distribution. This blog will first trace the potato characteristics- bruising and acrylamide concentration- that spurred J.R. Simplot,[2] an Idaho-based potato manufacturer, to develop the genetically altered product. […]

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Why you should choose tap water the next time: The gaps in bottled water regulation

Americans spend nearly 300 times more on bottled water than tap water per gallon, amounting to billions of dollars each year.[1] So, why are Americans spending so much money on something they can get for so much less? One reason for the trend toward choosing bottled water over tap is public opinion. Many believe bottled […]

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EPA’s Regulatory Powers and Litigation on Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act

The Obama administration is taking a preeminent role in improving the environment and combating climate change. One avenue for change, under a directive from President Obama, is an expansion of the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Most recently, the EPA has set forth a plan to regulate GHG emissions from existing power […]

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Local Communities Lead the Way on Clean Energy

Across the country, there is a growing trend of local governments, businesses, and non-profits taking the lead on addressing climate change by making their communities more sustainable. With the lack of Congressional support for climate change legislation[1] and the challenges facing the EPA’s recent emissions regulations,[2] local initiatives and partnerships may be among the most […]

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Yellowstone Wolves’ Fate in Legal Hands

A video called “How Wolves Change Rivers” was posted on YouTube in February 2014.[1] It was about how wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 completely changed the ecosystem in a very complicated process called trophic cascade. Trophic cascade is “an ecological process which starts at the top of the food chain and tumbles […]

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