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Lynn Grayson Comments on U.S. Climate Change Actions

A European Union publication Interfax recently published an article titled China and US Will Make or Break Climate Deal by Annemarie Botzki. The article discusses the stance of countries around the world on climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and what is likely to happen at the upcoming...

Rising Sea Levels and Prohibited "Takings" - A Different Sort of Climate Change Litigation

A little noted anniversary passed last month. The odd 2009 storm, Nor’Ida (the progeny of a nor’easter and a hurricane), swept along the east coast pounding some areas with record storm surge five years ago in the second week of November. Who is keeping Nor’Ida’s memory alive...

Sea Level Rise Risk Should Be Evaluated For Coastal Infrastructure Projects, According To San Francisco Capital Planning Guidance

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Sea level rise is a “pervasive and increasing threat” and should be evaluated as infrastructure projects are built or modified along San Francisco’s shorelines, according to Guidance adopted...

FERC Directs LNG Facility Applicant To Disclose Climate Change Impacts, As Urged By Sabin Center

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently directed a company seeking to build a natural gas facility to submit information regarding potential climate change impacts on the...

Four Big Ideas on Climate Change

By Paula Boutis The UN climate convention conference that wrapped up in December in Lima was meant to deliver a draft for a new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris, France in 2015 and to come into effect in 2020. Before the meeting, hopes were officially high: All eyes will now...

2014 Lima Climate Change Conference: The Lead Up To a Universal Climate Change Agreement

By Andrew B. Schatz , Catherine B. Campbell , and Jesse Medlong , Associates, DLA Piper International climate change negotiations concluded in mid-December in Lima, Peru at the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or Convention...

Threat Of Sea Level Rise In Southeast Florida Calls For Immediate Adaptive Action, Task Force Urges County

By Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Sea level rise is an “inevitable consequence” of global warming and requires innovative capital planning, according to a new Report by the Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force. The Task Force...

New Climate Change White Paper: Electricity Sector Adaptation to Heat Waves

The Sabin Center has published “ Electricity Sector Adaptation to Heat Waves ” by Sofia Aivalioti, a student in the Joint European Master in Environmental Studies – Cities & Sustainability program and a Visiting Scholar at the Center last fall. The white paper takes an up-close...

The Minamata Convention and the Paris Climate Agreement: Insights into Senate-Less Adoption

In 2011, governments around the world committed to deliver a new, universal, and binding greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction agreement for the period beyond 2020 by 2015. This agreement is to be adopted this December at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention...

Government Officials’ Liability After Extreme Weather Events: Recent Developments in Domestic and International Case Law

Jessica Anne Wentz Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow Sabin Center for Climate Change Law In the early morning of February 28, 2010, storm Xynthia hit the French Atlantic coast, overwhelming coastal defenses and flooding over 50,000 hectares of land. The storm caused over one billion euros...

Sabin Center Publishes Comprehensive Assessment of Non-U.S. Climate Litigation

The first comprehensive survey ever conducted of climate change litigation outside the United States has been released by Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. It finds that there is far more climate litigation in the United States than in the rest of the world combined, and...

Attacks on Canadian Climate Scientist Ruled to be Defamation

A trial court in British Columbia has awarded $50,000 CAD (roughly $40,000 USD in current exchange rates) to distinguished climate scientist Dr. Andrew Weaver, finding that a collection of articles had defamed him.[1] The judgment is controlling authority only within British Columbia, but it is still...

Arizona Court Upholds Protections for Scientific Research and Correspondence

By Lauren Kurtz On March 24, after years of litigation, the Arizona Superior Court, Pima County, ruled in favor of the University of Arizona and its efforts to protect climate scientists’ correspondence and prepublication work.[1] In particular, in Energy & Environment Legal Institute...

President Obama Speaks About Climate Change At the Everglades On Earth Day

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Please have a seat. It’s good to be back in Florida. So I can’t think of a better way to spend Earth Day than in one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures, the Everglades. (Applause.) And anybody who comes here to visit -- and I advise everybody...

CDP Announces Climate Change Reporting Changes for 2015

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at klutz@trcsolutions.com . CDP, an international nonprofit organization that provides a global system for measuring, reporting and managing vital environmental information, is issuing...

Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Shows Increase Since Prior Year and Since 1990

By Gabrielle Sigel As it has since 1994, on April 15 of this year, U.S. EPA published its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. The Inventory tracks greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions from man-made sources, by year, starting in 1990. The Inventory began as part of...

Oslo Principles on Climate Change: Governments are Breaching Legal Duties

By Jennifer Kalnins Temple A group of preeminent international jurists have put together a series of legal principles, called the Oslo Principles on Global Obligations to Reduce Climate Change . These principles demonstrate that the governments of the world are breaching their legal duties to their...

Climate Blogger Sued for $2 Million for “Tortious Interference with Contract” and “Conspiracy”

In the newest variation of legal attacks on climate science, tandem lawsuits were filed against climate science blogger and computer scientist John Mashey,[1] in retaliation for his work to uncover academic misconduct by several researchers who disputed widely-accepted findings on global warming. (There...

Lawsuit Seeks To Force Belgian Government To Take Action Against Climate Change

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow A group of Belgian citizens initiated a lawsuit in April seeking to compel their government to take aggressive action against climate change. The group, Klimaatzaak, filed a summons in the court of first instance in Brussels, alleging that...

Dutch Court Orders National GHG Reductions

By Michael B. Gerrard This morning the Hague District Court issued its decision in a lawsuit brought by the Urgenda Foundation against the State of the Netherlands. The court ordered the Dutch state to limit annual greenhouse gas emissions from the country to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. The...

Sabin Center Convenes Workshop on Development of Model Protocols for Assessing Climate Change Impacts during NEPA Reviews

By Jessica Wentz, Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow Climate change and its effects on temperature, precipitation, storm patterns, sea level rise, and other environmental processes have important implications for the construction, maintenance, and operation of buildings and infrastructure...

State Net Climate Change News: California, Hawaii Lead Way on Climate Change Targets

Prodded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and led by California and Hawaii, states are tackling climate change and promoting renewable energy. But the fossil fuel industry and skeptical Republicans are pushing back. Hawaii last month became the first state to establish a goal of relying...

Floods in Texas, Flood Mapping, Flood Dollars

By J. Wylie Donald Floods on the Rio Blanco recently demonstrate the link to climate change, but not in the way you think. It was a horrible Memorial Day weekend in Hays County, Texas. At least three people died from the worst flooding seen since 1922. The Rio Blanco crested at 43 feet, 30 feet...