Since Congress has not updated many federal environmental laws in decades, we’ve grown accustomed to federal agencies and courts twisting … More
Property rights are key to addressing pollution
For nearly 100 years, a copper smelter near Opportunity, Montana dumped tons of toxic metals, arsenic, and lead on its … More
A tale of two conservation funds
Public conservation lands, like national and state parks, are extremely popular. But funding them proves to be a much greater … More
Yes, the Endangered Species Act prevents extinction. But why don’t we recover more species?
45 years after the Endangered Species Act was enacted, it is as popular and as controversial as ever. Its popularity … More
Wildfires are made worse by the failure to foresee the unintended consequences of environmental decisions
As fires continue to rage in California, more people are asking why extreme wildfires are seemingly more common than they … More
Can insurance nudge people to more responsible environmental decisions?
With the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and expectation that Hurricane Irma will soon bring similar images to our screens, … More
Are higher entrance fees the fix for overcrowded national parks?
Last year, the National Park Service’s centennial, saw a record number of people visiting national parks in the U.S. The … More
We need monumental creativity to resolve Antiquities Act conflicts
We need monumental creativity to resolve Antiquities Act conflicts, which is threatened by both sides digging in.
Will Pennsylvania’s trust approach to public lands reduce conflict?
Pennsylvania’s trust approach to managing public lands may give environmental groups an incentive to support productive use, to generate revenue for higher value conservation projects.
Secretary Zinke’s Bears Ears recommendation would empower tribes and promote better stewardship
Last week, Interior Secretary Zinke released an interim report suggesting that the boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument should be redrawn and management of the area reconsidered. In less than a day, before knowing what the new boundaries or management would be, lawsuits were threatened. If carried out, the proposal will empower tribes, promote better stewardship, and limit unnecessary regulation.