Predicting Sea Level Rise - The Arctic Council Raises the Ante

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English Last month Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and other prominent diplomats signed the first ever treaty under the auspices of the Arctic Council; specifically, the member nations addressed Arctic search and rescue, made necessary by the increasing...

Coal Exports to China and Rising Temperatures

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English Front page news in Baltimore early in June were two stories. The first notes record temperatures in Maryland in the first full week of June, 2011. The second was a lead article on June 12 on the record year the Port of Baltimore is having moving...

The Debt Ceiling Furor Will Change the Climate of Climate Change Responses

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English We hope you don't come to this blog for stock tips but it doesn't take John Bogle to know that the debt ceiling impasse and the budget furor do not bode well for renewable energy stocks. Citing the debt crises and oversupply, here is how...

National Weather Service 30-Year Averages Confirm the Climate is Getting Hotter in the U.S.

By J. Wylie Donald , Partner, McCarter & English Half a degree doesn't sound like much. And it isn't, if you are talking about a baccalaureate. But in a world of climate change, a half a degree increase in Baltimore's average temperature combined with average temperature increases in...

Ceres and a Series of Serious Thoughts About the NAIC Climate Disclosures - A Three Part Series

Ceres released last month the first analysis of the insurer climate change disclosures submitted to state regulators pursuant to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners rule. The report is eye-opening. The authors have combed through the disclosures of 88 insurance companies and offer thoughtful...

Plugging in Electric Vehicles May Raise IQs

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English It's not Gone with the Wind or Harry Potter, but an article just published in the public health journal, Health Affairs , is worth picking up, if only to start you thinking. In Six Climate Change-Related Events In The United States Accounted...

Insuring the Effects from Climate Change

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English December 22 was to be the day the world ended. But it didn't . The spin put by some on the Mayan calendar didn't pan out and the world continued. Here in Baltimore we didn't buy into the predictions, but just in case, we went looking...