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Environmental Catastrophe?

Environmental Lawmaking in the 21st Century

Is a Catastrophe Necessary?

An Informal Talk by Professor Richard Lazarus

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After the first Earth Day in 1970, Congress passed a series of increasingly stringent pollution control laws and natural resource conservation laws. These laws were successful and transformed the nation’s legal landscape, but pressing environmental problems warrant new legislation. Yet Congress is so mired in partisan conflict that needed legislation has neither been passed nor seems likely soon to be passed. Over forty years after that first Earth Day, will it require a true environmental catastrophe to break the lawmaking logjam?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12 – 1pm
Harvard Law School - Wasserstein 1019

Sponsored by the HLS Green Team Events Committee, the Joint Council, and the Office for Sustainability

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