10th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium

10th IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium
More than 250 environmental experts from 35 countries gather at the University of Maryland for the 10th Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in July 2012

March 2013 Environmental Field Trip to Israel

March 2013 Environmental Field Trip to Israel
Maryland students vist Israel's first solar power plant in the Negev desert as part of a spring break field trip to study environmental issues in the Middle East

Workshop with All China Environment Federation

Workshop with All China Environment Federation
Participants in March 12 Workshop with All China Environment Federation in Beijing

Winners of Jordanian National Moot Court Competition

Winners of Jordanian National Moot Court Competition
Jordanian Justice Minister Aymen Odah presents trophy to Noura Saleh & Niveen Abdel Rahman from Al Al Bait University along with US AID Mission Director Jay Knott & ABA's Maha Shomali

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ARCTIC COUNCIL MEETS AS U.S. ASSUMES CHAIRMANSHIP, STUDENT BLOG POSTS ON FOSSIL FUELS

On April 24 representatives of countries who are members or observers of the Arctic Council gathered on Canada’s Baffin Island for the Council’s biennial meeting.  Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States are members of the Arctic Council.  Created in 1996, the Arctic Council is an international organization designed to foster cooperation among the countries with claims to the Arctic.  This year the U.S. assumed the Council’s chairmanship, which rotates among its members every two years.  Canada previously chaired the Council, whose decisions are made by consensus, and shepherded an agreement among Council members to cooperate in responding to oil spills in the Arctic.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who led the U.S. delegation, emphasized the threat of climate change to the Arctic and noted that the Council’s member states and observers account for 60 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.


Today we have two new student blog posts on my parallel blog at: http:www.globalenvironmentallaw.com.  To view them click on the “Students” tab at the top of the opening webpage.  The theme of the student blog posts today is fossil fuels. David Maher discusses New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s recent settlement with ExxonMobil for the cleanup of oil contamination from its refinery operations in Bayonne, New Jersey. Trey Hilberg discusses the problem of phasing out fossil fuel subsidies in various countries.

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