environmental law


1) in real estate, the increase of the actual land on a stream, lake or sea by the action of water which deposits soil upon the shoreline. Accretion is Mother Nature's little gift to a landowner. Compare to avulsion and alluvion.

2) In estates,...


Agriculture: An Overview

Agriculture includes soil preparation, seed planting, crop harvesting, gardening, horticulture, viticulture, apiculture (bee-raising), dairying, poultry, and ranching. Generally, laws grouped under the heading "agricultural law...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe depositing of gravel or sediment by a river. (See also: accretion, alluvion)

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American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAlso called the Waxman-Markey Bill, this legislation sought to address climate change while building a clean energy economy. Among other things, this bill established a national cap-and-trade system for...


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySlang for maximum, as the most interest that can be charged on an adjustable rate promissory note.

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Cap and Trade

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA policy that seeks to limit pollution. Under a cap-and-trade program, a company gets an emissions permit for every ton of carbon dioxide that it releases. Companies that produce fewer emissions can trade...


Cap-and-trade programs are intended to provide a market-based mechanism for reducing emissions of airborne pollutants, such as greenhouse gases. Under cap-and-trade, a government agency distributes a stack of tradable emissions allowance credits that...

Carbon Capture

For the purposes of cap-and-trade programs, carbon capture is a carbon-offsetting measure in which the carbon from a polluting activity is sequestered and therefore not emitted into the atmosphere.

Carbon Offset

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary1) The idea that companies or individuals can neutralize the effect of their pollution by investing in pollution reduction efforts in other parts of the world. 2) A financial instrument whose purchase is...

Carbon Offsets

In cap-and-trade programs, carbon offsets are activities such as planting trees or carbon capture that legally offset the amount of carbon that a polluting entity has emitted.