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Hitting Pause on the Fourth of July: Indigenous Rights and Environmental Sovereignty

The Fourth of July holiday is hailed as Independence Day for America, the commemoration of breaking free of the tyranny of the British Crown. The enshrined ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the Declaration of Independence resonate in the American psyche 241 years later. In rejoicing over our nation’s birth, there…

TEDx Talk: Unearthing Clean Energy

So the #TEDxOcala Talk is up and out. Barry Law Professor @NadiaBAhmad recently gave a Ted Talk on "Unearthing Clean Energy." Congrats, Professor Ahmad! https://t.co/9pW2Zm3Q2v — Barry Law School (@Barry_Law) December 14, 2016

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Block Island and the National Offshore Wind Strategy

In “Offshore Wind Project to Go Live as Industry Eyes Trump,” Bobby Magill reports in Climate Central: In a few days, the water-bound wind turbines off of Rhode Island’s Block Island are expected to generate electricity commercially for the first time, and New Englanders are set to become the first in U.S. history to use electric…

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Book Chapter: Monsoons, Hydropower, and Climate Justice in Pakistan’s River Communities

Amid a somber mood for climate action in the near term, I am excited to share with you my book chapter, “Monsoons, Hydropower, and Climate Justice in Pakistan’s River Communities,” in the Environmental Law Institute’s Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges, an edited volume by Randall Abate. My co-author, Mushtaq Bilal, has recently…

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Tesla’s Solar Roof Tiles

Wired reports: EVER THE SHOWMAN, Tesla CEO Elon Musk took to the stage at Universal Studios in LA …  promising to make solar sexy. To that end, he unveiled a range of textured glass tiles with integrated solar cells that are nearly indistinguishable from conventional tiling, along with a sleek update to the company’s energy-storing…

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Book Chapter: “Financial Incentives for Wetland Protection and Restoration”

My chapter, “Financial Incentives for Wetland Protection and Restoration” in The Wetland Book I: Structure and Function, Management and Methods (Springer) is now available. This resource is aimed at supporting the trans- and multidisciplinary research and practice inherent to this field. The conservation and sustainable use of wetlands stem from the international treaty known as the Ramsar Convention…

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#SEALS2016 

The Southeastern Association of Laws Schools (SEALS) is in the middle of its annual conference. After this meeting, which is in Amelia Island, Florida, the yearly gathering heads down to South Florida, alternating between Boca (A City for All Seasons) and Ft. Laudy (Venice of America) until at least 2021. SEALS is terrific for learning…

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DOE National Algal Biofuels Technology Review

I am pleased to announce the publication of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review, which captures major advancements in the field of algal biofuels research and development. This most recent publication articulates new challenges, lessons learned, and critical next steps. I served as a subject matter reviewer for the 2016…

Nuclear Power Plant Leaking into Biscayne Bay

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is charged with evaluating abnormal releases of tritium-contaminated water from nuclear power plants, especially if groundwater contamination is involved. The NRC maintains that it has “repeatedly determined these releases either remain on power plant property or involve such low offsite levels of tritium that they do not affect public health and…