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The earliest boundary water treaty

Determine 1:  Memorial cone of the Mesilim Treaty Due to Peter Sand for contributing this put up! [Footnotes after the jump.] The Musée du Louvre in Paris holds tangible proof of the world’s first identified authorized settlement on boundary water sources: viz., the Mesilim Treaty, concluded within the 25th century B.C. between the 2 Mesopotamian states of Lagash and Umma. The phrases of the treaty have been preserved as cuneiform inscriptions on a limestone cone…

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Was zoning constitutional?

Some time again I promised extra on John Nolon’s collection on zoning’s centennial, so listed below are some excerpts from his Half three: “Zoning was Contagious, however was it Constitutional?“: By the mid-1920s, zoning had been challenged in a number of state courts with break up outcomes. A majority of the courts that thought of early zoning legal guidelines agreed with State ex rel. Carter v. Harper (Wisconsin, 1923), which upheld “so-called zoning” in opposition…

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In the hunt for post-Brexit England

I extremely suggest studying a fantastic piece by Helen Macdonald simply revealed within the New York Instances Journal, "In Search of Submit-Brexit England, and Swans". The story opens: Within the days after the Brexit vote final 12 months, I turned obsessive about an oil portray referred to as “Swan Upping at Cookham” [below, Stanley Spencer, 1915-1919], which portrays a scene from an historic and colourful English custom. “Swan Upping” refers back to the annual summer…

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In memoriam: Wolfgang Burhenne

January 6 noticed the passing of Wolfgang Burhenne, a key determine in post-war German and worldwide environmental regulation, at age 92. A evaluation by Tracy Mehan within the Environmental Discussion board earlier this yr tells defined that Burhenne spent a lot of World Warfare II imprisoned by the Nazis for aiding the resistance. Then, after the struggle: by means of an unpaid engagement with a looking membership, he ultimately obtained employment with the looking administration of the…

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California, Chile, and water regulation

Ralco dam & hydroelectric plant, Veoverde Carl Bauer and Luis Catalán just lately posted “Water, regulation, and growth in Chile/California cooperation, 1960s-1970s”. First, the summary: Throughout 1963-1978 the governments and the highest universities of Chile and California undertook three packages of binational growth help and cooperation. The packages constructed on an extended historic relationship between the 2 areas, marked by their hanging similarities in bodily geography and pure sources, regardless of being 1000s of miles aside on…

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Authorized change and geography of the Nice Lakes-St. Lawrence system

The Canadian Geographer lately printed Jamie Benidickson’s “From boundary waters to watersheds: Authorized change and the geography of the Nice Lakes-St. Lawrence system” (due to Canadian Authorized Historical past weblog for noting it). The summary: It’s acceptable to acknowledge an evolving authorized and institutional perspective on the Nice Lakes-St. Lawrence system (GL-SL) as a way of furthering the understanding that’s offered from established cartographic, bio-geological, historic, and cultural views. This paper describes parts of that evolution from…

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Nature and anti-immigrant politics

With nice timing, the most recent Environmental Historical past has a assessment by Sterling Evans of John Hultgren’s Border Partitions Gone Inexperienced: Nature and Anti-immigrant Politics in America (U. Minnesota Press, 2015), reminding us that present occasions have historic (and environmental) roots. (I notice that it is scary how far the “racial logics” which can be “socially acceptable withing mainstream political discourse” (see beneath) have shifted between the guide’s publication two years in the past and the Trump…

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Surroundings, historical past, and the US Supreme Courtroom nomination

All historical past could also be modern historical past, however yesterday’s publish had current considerations entrance and heart. Persevering with the pattern, as we speak’s publish is impressed by the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Courtroom. Others have tried to divine how Gorsuch would rule on environmental points, however right here we’ll take a historic tack, trying again at some earlier posts coping with environmental points within the US Supreme Courtroom. A number…

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Home legislation as a substitute of worldwide agreements?

The newest problem of Water Worldwide revealed an article by Marco Verweij, "The outstanding restoration of the Rhine: plural rationalities in regional water politics". First, the summary: The restoration of the Rhine basin is extensively seen as an exemplary case of worldwide water safety. The river’s clean-up has been characterised by various puzzling developments. These embrace chemical firms decreasing their poisonous effluents by greater than legally required, and riparian governments quarrelling internationally over environmental measures that…

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Equal entry to justice or to obstruction?

As environmentalists deliberate the extent to which the courts can be utilized to stymie the anti-environmental agenda of the present American regime, the newest concern of Environmental Historical past has a e book evaluation by Steve Vanderheiden of Lowell Baier's Contained in the Equal Entry to Justice Act: Environmental Litigation and the Crippling Battle over America's Lands, Endangered Species, and Essential Habitats (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Baier's e book apparently makes a powerful argument, and Baier is…

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