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Vermont Legislators Debate Enforcement of Clean Water Laws
by Rebekah Weber

A summer of horrific blue-green algae outbreaks, particularly in Lake Carmi and along the shores of Lake Champlain, has many Vermont state legislators turning to the question of enforcement of our environmental laws. The fact is, we have protective laws on the books, but without enforcement, our water will remain polluted, threatening the health of…

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Climate Adaptation and Liability: A Legal Primer and Workshop Summary

Climate change impacts are affecting New England communities now, so CLF set out to determine the liability risks of government entities and other decision makers if they fail to prepare for these impacts. The result is the CLF Climate Adaptation and Liability report, which looks at the theories of legal liability for design professionals (such as…

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Rising Seas, Rising Standards of Care
by Elena Mihaly

In 2013, a two-day downpour struck the Chicago area, causing massive flooding, overflowing sewers, and millions of dollars in property damage. After the clean-up, Farmers Insurance company filed a landmark class action lawsuit against the Water Reclamation District for greater Chicago on behalf of its policyholders and other property insurance companies affected by the flooding.…

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How Do Solar Panels Work?
by Bethany Kwoka

Solar Panel Basics At the most basic level, solar panels take light from the sun and turn it into electricity that you can use to power your stuff, from the small (your phone) to the large (your home or your business). The number of solar panels it takes to power your home depends on how…

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How to Save Energy (and Money!) During a Cold Snap
by Bethany Kwoka

New England was recently blasted by an early winter storm. It was called a “bomb cyclone” and a “snow hurricane,” and for a while we all tried to huddle inside and stay warm. While temperatures have now risen back to a balmy 60 degrees, we know it won’t stay that way. So when the temperature…

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Cold Snap Shows We Still Don’t Need New Gas Pipelines
by Greg Cunningham

New Englanders just weathered the worst cold snap that we’ve faced in 100 years, complete with a new phenomenon known as a “bombcyclone.” Now don’t be mistaken, a “bombcyclone” does not involve Armageddon, the sky falling, or even blackouts due to energy shortages. But you’d have thought so based on the news over the past…

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Why We Should Modernize Our Electric Grid
by Bethany Kwoka

Our electricity grid was designed over 100 years ago. But times have changed. Today, clean, renewable energy can be harnessed right where we live, so electricity doesn’t have to come from polluting power plants miles away. But we have to update our grid to take advantage of it. Technology will let us modernize our grid…