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t h e G e o rg e Wa s h i n g t o n U n i v e r s i t y L aw S c h o o l environmental perspectives N e w s [ p e r s p e c t i v e s a n d c u r r e n t i s s u e s ] an adaptive approach to federal land management f a l l 2 0 0 9 1 perspectives 1 Viewpoint 3, 5, 11 what’s new 4 profiles 6 proceedings 10 In print 12 honors and awards Robert Glicksman, J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law This article is excerpted from Robert L. Glicksman’s article, “Ecosystem Resilience to Disruptions Linked to Global Climate Change: An Adaptive Approach to Federal Land Management,” 87 Nebraska Law Review 402 (2009). The author discusses environmental issues related to climate change affecting federal lands and suggests several approaches to managing the federal lands to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to environmental changes caused by climate change. [ v i e w p o i n t ] An Expanded Focus on Energy T Yosemite National Park T he federal government has faced significant challenges in its efforts to protect from environmental harms the value of the lands and resources it owns and manages on behalf of the American people. Most of the threatened harms have resulted from activities occurring on the federal lands themselves (and either conducted or approved by federal land managers) or on state or private lands adjacent to federal holdings. Clearcutting has decimated areas of the national forests. Overgrazing of the public rangelands has contributed to soil erosion and displacement of native vegetation by invasive species. Mineral development has scarred landscapes and left thousands of abandoned mines on federal lands in its wake. continued on page 2 he new academic year at GW Law opens with a significant new emphasis on energy law. This emphasis is most evident in the launch of our Journal of Energy and Environmental Law and in our new Energy and Environmental Law LL.M. concentration. These endeavors build on a strong base. GW Law has included energy law in its curriculum for more than 20 years. Our students have regularly interned with the Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Our International Project Finance continued on page 11


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