A new treaty on global mercury: not much, but better than nothing

Next week in Japan, an international diplomatic meeting will sign and adopt a new environmental treaty, the Minamata Convention on Mercury Pollution, which was finalized in negotiations earlier this year. In its name – and in locating the conference in Minamata and the nearby city of Kumamoto, in Kyushu– the convention commemorates the victims of …


Secretary Clinton makes her first environmental law mistake

As Cymie notes, Secretary of State Clinton seems committed to working for a new climate agreement.  And that’s a good thing (although as I have argued elsewhere, it’s really USTR that should take the lead on climate change negotiation.). But Clinton should stop digging a hole for herself.  She said that the Committee will be …