Cultural Heritage Protection as Environmental Protection

by Joel Richert* For the first time, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has prosecuted the destruction of cultural heritage. [1] In 2012, the Ansar Eddine, an Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb associated militant group based in Northern Mali, captured the city of Timbuktu and imposed strict Islamic law on a previously moderate society. [2] Ahmad […]

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The Federalist Regulations: The EPA and the Rush to Regulate Methane

By Joe Moeller* In May of 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the final rules in a series of three Clean Air Act regulations.[1] The rules’ purpose was to increase monitoring of methane and prevent leakage into the atmosphere. The methane rules are also a useful, though flawed, example of the “experimentation” principle of federalism. […]

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International Aviation and Climate Change

I. Introduction International aviation presents a serious issue when it comes to climate change. Two percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be attributed to international flights, and the amount of CO2 emissions from these flights is growing rapidly.[1] From 1990-2010 CO2 emissions from the international aviation industry increased 40%; if the aviation sector […]

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Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

By Megan Stamm* Overview On October 14, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final version of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).[1] The new version implemented changes that addressed issues physicians had concerning Medicare.[2] These regulations will encourage physicians to accept more patients using Medicare by issuing incentive plans. […]

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Will the EPA Appeal Recent Clean Air Act Ruling?

By Timothy Featherston* Overview The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to be preparing itself for a legal battle with the coal industry over the interpretation of § 231(a) of the Clean Air Act.[1] The provision requires the EPA to conduct “continuing evaluations of potential loss or shifts in employment” which result from the EPA’s enforcement […]

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Will Congress Warm-Up to HFC Refrigerant Replacements?

By Michael Smith* One of life’s ironies is that the machines that cool our homes, cars, and workplaces rely on chemicals that, when released into the environment, are greenhouse gases thousands of times as potent as carbon dioxide.[1]  These chemicals are called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs for short), and in a late environmental victory for the Obama […]

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