California’s fracking regulations: A sign of what’s to come?

While New Yorkers eagerly wait for the state to determine whether it will continue ┬áits fracking moratorium, other states, after years of capitulating to the natural gas industry, are finally taking steps to regulate the practice….

New York’s MGPs still wreaking havoc

New York’s last manufactured gas plant (MGP) was closed in 1972. Yet, these MGPs do not want us New Yorkers to forget about them. Coal tar is still seeping out and finding its way to New…

Sinkholes, Earthquakes, and Fire Water OH MY!

Sinkholes, Earthquakes, and Fire Water — Three Things the Petroleum Industry has brought us besides the obvious air and water pollution and, of course, climate change. Sinkholes In Bayou Corne, Louisiana a 25 acre wide and…

Alabama says, “stop helping raccoons!”

I was all ready to post on one of my favorite topics, hydrofracking, but then I stumbled upon this article so hydrofracking will have to wait until next week. Before you read this post just look…

Center for Urban Environmental Reform Hosts Visiting Scholar Dr. Elif Colakoglu (UPDATED)

This summer, CUNY School of Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) hosted visiting scholar Dr. Elif Colakoglu, whose work focuses on climate change in the context of sustainability and environmental security. At the end of…

A Comic Book Sparks Kids Toward Environmental Justice

In my first blog post for The Nature of Cities, I wrote about environmental justice as a bridge between traditional environmentalism and an increasingly urban global population. I suggested that we had work to do to…

CUER Hosts Global Kids Human Rights Activist Project

On July 15, CUER Director Rebecca Bratspies conducted a workshop on environmental justice for the high school students involved in the 2013 Global Kids Summer Human Rights Activist Project. We spent two hours discussing environmental law,…

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CUER Director Rebecca Bratspies and Global Kids Director Evie Hantzopoulos

Act Now! Environmental Conference

The Alliance for Climate Education has posted a wonderful (and short) video shot at CUER’s June 6th Act Now! Conference. Read the article here. Photos and Video below…

CUER Hosts Multigenerational Environmental Conference

On June 6, 2013, CUNY School of Law’s Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER) is hosting “Act Now: Environmental Activism Conference,” a conference for both youth and adults to connect with climate and environmental activists, leading…