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Have environmentalists failed West Virginia?

Have environmentalists failed West Virginia? | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
Environmentalism is not elitist. Too many of us in the environmental community, however, are.
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The Corporate “Free Speech” Racket

The Corporate “Free Speech” Racket | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
How corporations are using the First Amendment to destroy government regulation.

Via Mariaschnee, pdeppisch
PIRatE Lab's insight:

While there is a fair amount of editorializing, particularly at the end, this is a nice in-depth piece on how various legal and corporate thinkers have used "free speech" to try to move to a more libertarian/laissez-faire regulatory world here in the United States.  One wherein Exxon is equal to you and considered equal under the eyes of the law.  It is a bizarre, rabbit hole-type tale.  But one that we must deal with if we are to have effect regulation/a just social contract.

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Republicans seek to muzzle EPA’s Superfund

Republicans seek to muzzle EPA’s Superfund | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
New package of proposals seeks to water down regulations governing coal ash and other forms of harmful waste
PIRatE Lab's insight:

Effective pushed towards sustainability are hindered when we remove the "stick."  I very much support and favor the "carrot," but with hard rules/regulation in certain areas we get thing like much of the state of W Virginia unable to drink their tap water.

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WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations - Jakarta Globe

WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations - Jakarta Globe | Sustainability Science | Scoop.it
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WWF Welcomes EU Application of Tighter Timber Regulations
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Nazir, however, noted that the EUTR was still only dealing with the legality of products and not whether the products was produced in a sustainable manner.

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EcoVadis's curator insight, March 6, 2013 3:53 PM

The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR) since March 3rd imposes responsibilities to develop a risk management system for E.U. traders' who place timber and timber products on the EU market.  The Regulation is legally binding on all 27 EU Member States.