Liz Blossom

Val Washington is an Environmental Attorney, educator, and writer. She has written articles, op-eds, analyses, and amicus briefs from a number of legal, policy and advocacy positions in government, private practice, and non-profit organizations. Her scholarly work has appeared in several legal publications and has been cited dozens of times in law journals and court briefs.

Val’s non-legal work has consisted of a well-regarded novel, The Linkage, published under the pen name V W Stebbins, and a range of general interest articles, under the pen name Liz Blossom. Her articles have been published in many online and print outlets, including the Baltimore Sun, Business Insider, the Capital Gazette (Annapolis MD), the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Press (Newport VA), Flipboard, the Hartford Courant, Indystar, The Morning Call (Allentown PA), MSN, MSN Canada, Newsbreak, and USA Today.

Lastest Stories by Liz Blossom

A critical failure but a popular success, the movie “Top Gun” illustrates what seems to be an undeniable truth, fighter pilots are a separate breed. They are exceedingly driven risk-takers, with...
Women have been innovators throughout history, but their role in the field of invention has been, to a great extent, unacknowledged or uncredited. Often their ideas were claimed by men, frequently...
Climate change is affecting the entire world, but not all countries are affected equally. Each year, Germanwatch, an environmental organization that promotes global sustainability and equity, lists...
With the climate crisis looming larger, it is becoming ever more clear that humanity must radically change its habits to avoid devastating, irreversible consequences. As of March of 2021, 21% of the...
As the industrial revolution took hold, it was becoming apparent to many that the pollution emitted by industry could be damaging not only to human health, but to the built environment as well....
Since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, the quality of the air we breathe has improved dramatically, and cleaner air has meant better health for most Americans. The Clean Air Act requires...
Millions of pounds of toxic materials are released into the nation’s waters every year, legally. Industries that need to dispose of toxic wastewater may do so by obtaining a NPDES –...
In existence for only 21 years, Wikipedia is the world’s most popular internet information source, with 1.8 billion people visiting the site every year. Because its 58+ million articles are written...
The news is dominated by the day to day combat in Ukraine and the heart wrenching stories of the Ukrainian people. In the news coverage, many scenes are reminiscent of news reels from World War II:...
Most people who will never travel to more exotic locations will nonetheless recognize images of Mount Kilimanjaro topped with its legendary snows or the Great Barrier Reef and its rich marine life....
Droughts have come and gone over the course of U.S. history. The worst periods of drought were in the 1950s and 1930s, though the droughts of the Dust Bowl era of the ‘30s remain the most extreme....
The nation’s largest and most historically prominent cities tend to have highly educated sectors among their populations, and within those cities, certain ZIP codes – which generally don’t...
In the worldwide effort to curb climate change, 2021 was an important year. In August, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its sixth report, with its most urgent plea to...
What is considered “normal” weather is determined by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which, every 10 years, tabulates average weather data for the previous 30 years. What is...
While much of our freshwater resources are polluted, Americans are, for the most part, protected from potential health effects through drinking water standards and restrictions on fishing and...