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Environmental Graduate Research Fellows | Pace Law School

We have a handful of competitive fellowship position openings at Pace University School of Law, including one position with the Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies. Graduating 3Ls and law school graduates are encouraged to apply by following the instructions below. Applications are due April 1st. Please help us spread the word!

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The Woman Who Could Stop Climate Change Christiana Figueres must persuade a hundred and ninety-five world leaders to reduce carbon emissions.


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Statements

H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, gave remarks yesterday at the conferral of the Elizabeth Haub Award for Environmental Diplomacy, which Pace Law hands out each year. You can read the Secretary-General's thoughts on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals here: I thank the Pace University School of Law and the Haub family for inviting me to honour the recipients of the Elizabeth Haub Prize for Environmental Diplomacy.


What is the point of saving endangered species? It will cost billions of dollars to save all the world's threatened species. What's in it for us?


The Damage from Mega-Sporting Events in Brazil by J Justin Woods :: SSRN

A new article in the Progressive Planning Magazine from 3L Justin Woods: Over the past several years, Brazil’s federal government and the city and state governments of Rio de Janeiro have invested tens of billions of dollars to devel


Climate change causing bumblebee habitat loss, say scientists Scientists shocked at bees’ failure to relocate north to cooler areas as southern climes in Europe and North America become too hot for the species to survive


NASA Satellite Data Help Show Where Groundwater Is – And Where It Isn’t | World Resources Institute
New NASA satellite data can help raise awareness about a looming groundwater crisis.


America is the worst polluter in the history of the world. We should let climate change refugees...

"Maybe the idea of assigning refugees to the nations that caused the climate to change can spur a less-pessimistic future. If we don’t want millions of people seeking haven here — or dying while they try — then the United States and other industrialized countries need to become far more aggressive in cutting their greenhouse gas emissions." Rising sea levels threaten to displace millions of people. It’s only fair to move them to the countries that caused the problem.


Oslo creates world's first 'highway' to protect endangered bees

“The workers live about 60 days,” she explained with a glint in her eye...During their lives, they don’t produce more than a spoon of honey,” she added, before turning to her accountancy skills to do the maths. “If we did their job, paid at the minimum wage, a pot of honey would cost $182,000.” Norway’s capital is creating a route filled with flowers and ‘green roofs’ to protect endangered pollinators essential to food production


Dutch government ordered to cut carbon emissions in landmark ruling

"The scientific case is so strong, and the dangers so high that the court has ruled that the state is failing to adequately protect its citizens from the effects of climate change.” Dutch court orders state to reduce emissions by 25% within five years to protect its citizens from climate change in world’s first climate liability suit


"The high seas, which lie beyond the jurisdiction of any nation, cover nearly 50% of the planet. They host the largest habitat for life on Earth, yet suffer from chronic neglect."

A major step towards a legally-binding deal for the high seas

UN Member States adopt a resolution to develop legal measures to conserve biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction


Scientists Build Case for 'Sixth Extinction' ... and Say It Could Kill Us

"Although the report paints a depressing picture, Ceballos and his colleagues hold out a slender ray of hope." Even conservative calculations show the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction that's likely to lead to our demise if it's unchecked, scientists say.


New IRENA App Turns Mobile Devices Into Renewable Energy Prospectors Have you ever wondered what the renewable energy potential was for a region or specific location? Today, IRENA is launching a new mobile app, which can transform your mobile device into a prospecto...


Themes of the Pope's Encyclical on Climate, Equity and the Environment Emerge in Italian Leak

Thoughts on the Pope's recent encyclical from Pace University Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding and NYT blogger Andrew Revkin: Pope Francis endorses science pointing to human-driven global warming, presses for reduced consumption and chides those delaying a response.


The U.N. surprises everyone with a breakthrough deal to slow deforestation It’s not often that happy, unexpected news emerges from climate negotiations, but that’s exactly what happened at a meeting in Germany this week.


Climate sceptic researcher investigated over funding from fossil fuel firms Willie Soon from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics probed over failure to disclose more than $1.2m from energy industry when submitting articles


EU, China Said to Ready Climate Pact in June Before Global Deal

“The G-20 nations alone account for 75 percent of global emissions, and China is one-third of that,” she told reporters during UN climate talks. “So having China as a partner in the international agreement on moving forward is really important. We continue to discuss very intensely with China.” Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


YouTube film-maker Finn Harries: my generation must save the planet The internet generation is first to grow up with global warming and the last that will be able to do anything about it, says Finn Harries


Join us on June 23 for Pace's annual DC Alumni Reception

Alumni: RSVP today for the June 23 enviro reception in Washington, DC!


Pace Environmental Law Program

Thanks to all of our alumni and students who came out to catch up and celebrate Robinson Award winner Emily Collins ('04) last night! We look forward to seeing you at our next NYC event!


Wood pellet exports wreaking havoc on climate and forests | Southern Environmental Law Center

“Soaring demand for this woody fuel has led to the construction of more than two dozen pellet factories in the Southeast in the past decade, along with special port facilities in Virginia and Georgia where mountains of pellets are loaded onto Europe-bound freighters. European officials promote the trade as part of the fight against climate change. Burning 'biomass' from trees instead of coal, they say, means fewer greenhouse gases in the atmosphere."


‘It Is Climate Change': India’s Heat Wave Now The 5th Deadliest In World History If the death toll reaches more than 2,541, it will become the 4th deadliest heat wave in the world, and the deadliest in India's history.


Pace NYC Environmental Alumni Reception

Can't wait to see our alumni and students at Cafe Centro on Thursday evening! (Remember to RSVP!)


BREAKING: After huge international pressure, Norway’s $900 billion sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, will be divesting from coal!

"There’s much work to be done taking on coal, oil, and gas but the momentum is definitely on our side."

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Join us on June 4 in NYC!

Remember that our annual Pace NYC environmental alumni gathering and Robinson Award celebration is next week! RSVP if you can!


Richard Ottinger: Pioneering environmentalist | WAG MAGAZINE ONLINE

Proud of Pace Energy and Climate Center founder Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger and his lifetime of work for the environment! Check out WAG's feature on him: Richard L. Ottinger has made an indelible mark as a groundbreaking environmental attorney, legislator, educator and author, who today at age 86 is shaping the


Meet a 2015er: Alvin Leong | UN Dispatch

Proud of our Pace alumni like Alvin Leong and their international environmental law work: “There are three potentially transformative processes taking place in the same year. We’re really at an inflection point in global development…we should seize that moment. Action takes outside the piece of paper, that’s really the key.” This is the seventh installment of our “Meet A 2015-er” series…


Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility | Sustainability | Pace University

Picking up your cap and gown? Make sure you stop by the Pledge table and sign the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility and get your pin for graduation!
Or sign it here before and just stop by and get your pin: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of the choices I make in my daily life as well as in any job I consider. I will try to improve these aspects at home and with any organization for which I work."


How a Hudson Highlands Mountain Shaped Tussles Over Energy and the Environment

Check out this DotEarth New York Times piece by Andrew Revkin (from the Pace Academy of Applied Sciences) featuring Dean Ottinger and the great Storm King Mountain story. How the fight over a mountain and a power plant plan changed American environmentalism.

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