Lecture to explore links between Ostrom research, free-market environmentalism

Elinor Ostrom showed that groups and individuals working at the local level can manage shared resources without resorting to private ownership or government regulation. Vincent Ostrom explained polycentric governance, multiple centers of decision-making that operate independently and effectively. Terry Anderson draws on both to explore the potential for free-market environmentalism, which applies markets and property […]

Conservation Law Clinic fights to protect Indiana bat

Post by IU Newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino: After almost four years of litigation, the Conservation Law Clinic made headway in a case being fought to protect Indiana bats from EverPower’s Buckeye Wind Project. Through semester-long internships with the clinic, Indiana University Maurer School of Law students get hands-on experience with litigation in potentially precedent-setting cases like this one, Union […]

IU anthropologist urges collaboration with local peoples in creating climate mitigation policies

Post by Kevin Fryling, who normally writes at the Science at Work blog: Large-scale, international conservation and climate change mitigation efforts must engage with the voices and needs of local and indigenous people, IU anthropologist Eduardo S. Brondizio writes in an essay published June 10 in the journal Science. The essay was written in collaboration […]

EPA falls short on environmental justice, IU expert says

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fallen short in its efforts to include environmental justice considerations in its enforcement of federal environmental regulations, Indiana University faculty member David Konisky told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights today. Konisky, an associate professor in the IU School of Public and […]

IU panel to discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre After nearly a decade of secret negotiations, the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are finalized and the full text is now public. Supporters say the trade deal will create jobs, boost innovation and productivity, raise living standards, reduce poverty, increase transparency and improve labor and environmental protections. But […]

Multidisciplinary panel unpacks the pope’s encyclical

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre: The papal encyclical released in June still has scholars wondering what changes in both policy and attitude can be expected, if any, from the holy document. A panel of Indiana University scholars gathered on Tuesday to discuss just that. Constance Furey, professor of religious studies; Philip Stevens, professor of […]

IU panel examines the challenges in communicating climate change

Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes doesn’t accept the idea that climate change is too big and complicated for ordinary citizens to understand or care about. She points to maple syrup producers, birders, snowboarders and others who report first hand on a changing climate. “All around the U.S. and the world, people are seeing climate […]

Endangered species protection requires reform, not reaction, professor tells panel

It will take systematic reform – and not piecemeal legislation and micro-management by Congress – to make the federal Endangered Species Act more effective, Indiana University law professor Robert L. Fischman told a congressional committee this week. “The ESA is akin to a crowded hospital emergency room with a long wait,” he said. “The most […]

Evan Ringquist, 1962-2014

It came as a great shock to many of us at IU to learn last week that Evan Ringquist had died from cancer at age 51. A faculty member in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 2002, he was a respected researcher and a popular teacher who was extraordinarily well-liked by his colleagues. […]

Book tells of the life and work of an environmental pioneer

Lynton Keith Caldwell is probably best known at IU Bloomington as a key figure in the founding of the university’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, which in four decades has grown to be one of the largest and best public affairs and policy institutions in the country. But his legacy is much bigger. Caldwell, […]