State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: State of Washington Seeks To Reduce Pollution Associated With Climate Change

ENVIRONMENT: WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signs SB 5802, which authorizes the hiring of an independent consultant to review the Evergreen State's efforts to cut carbon emissions and for an associated group of legislators and other leaders to use that evaluation to recommend actions to reduce pollution...

DLA Piper – Research Report: Climate Change Adaptation in the Boardroom

DLA Piper has published a research report, in collaboration with Future Ready and Climate Planning, on climate change adaptation and its place in the boardroom. Climate adaptation is recognized by many of the world's largest businesses as a global risk and one that requires critical attention...

Jenner & Block: Climate Change May Cause Greater Aviation Turbulence

A recent study published in the British journal, Nature Climate Change , suggests that turbulence on flights may be stronger and occur more often if carbon dioxide emissions double by 2050 further heating up the atmosphere. Turbulence is created by atmospheric pressure, jet streams, air around mountains...

Fifth Circuit Knocks Out Climate Change Liability Lawsuit Again

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English Res judicata is one of those phrases learned in law school that seemed of limited utility. How often is someone going to bring the same claim twice? Callow law students know little of the world. The doctrine is frequently needed and, as was learned...

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Cost of Federal Disaster Relief on Ruinous Rise

SNCJ Spotlight Cost of federal disaster relief on ruinous rise Last October's Superstorm Sandy was the costliest natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But the $62 billion states in the storm's path reported in losses last year may be a harbinger of the future...

Delaware’s Most Vulnerable County Abstains from Vote on Sea Level Rise Mitigation Options

By J. Wylie Donald and Jameson Tweedie, Attorneys, McCarter & English In our continuing our discussion (see here and here ) of the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee ("DSLRAC"), the efforts of the DSLRAC took an ironic - but perhaps predictable - turn when the delegate for the...

Jenner & Block: More Insights On Obama’s Climate Change Plan

Since President Obama's speech at Georgetown, there has been tremendous response and reaction to his proposed plan to address climate change. As to be expected, some support President Obama's proposals while others do not. The threefold approach includes: 1) reducing U.S. carbon pollution; 2...

New Climate Change Data Available

The World Resource Institute (WRI) has launched an online initiative to make global greenhouse gas emissions data more accessible and easier to understand. The free, online portal, referred to as Climate Analysis Indicators Tool or CAIT 2.0, provides data on GHG emissions from 186 countries and all 50...

Insurance Commissioner Expands Reach of Climate Change Survey: Doubles Number of Insurers Required to Respond

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced that the Connecticut and Minnesota Departments of Insurance have joined with California, New York and Washington Departments of Insurance to require insurers to respond to the Climate Risk Survey adopted in 2009 by the National Association of...

Jenner & Block: Report Examines How Small Businesses Can Weather Impacts of Climate Change

By Genevieve J. Essig, Associate, Jenner & Block In a recent report , Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector , Small Business Majority and the American Sustainable Business Council analyze how small businesses, which can be particularly at risk during the extreme weather...

New Report Examines How U.S. Businesses View Climate Change

A recent report by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change , evaluates how companies view risks posed by climate change. C2ES, formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, found that 90 percent of companies in Standard...

2001-2010, A Decade of Climate Extremes

The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than in any previous...

How To Prove To a Global Warming Denier That Climate Change Is Real, In 14 Seconds

This is an interesting moving graphic complements of Ezra Klein of The Washington Post. All the data is from NASA. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/07/29/how-to-prove-to-a-global-warming-denier-that-climate-change-is-real-in-14-seconds/?wpisrc=nl_pulse

Troutman Sanders LLP: The President’s Climate Action Plan and the Electricity Industry

By Todd R. Coles , Peter S. Glaser , Bonnie A. Suchman President Obama released a sweeping climate plan (Plan) on June 25, 2013, using his authority to both address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The plan , which consists of a wide variety of executive...

Investor Survey Shows Sensitivity to Climate Change Risks

A survey published by the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change – a collaboration among four regional climate change investor groups – reports on trends among asset owners and managers. The survey elicited information on the degree to which investments are being directed away from entities...

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William A. Ruskin: Federal Courts Uniformly Embrace Climate Science

By William A. Ruskin: A visitor to Capitol Hill might come away with the impression that there are serious questions about whether climate change is occurring and, if it is, whether it is caused by human activity. But one place where there are few such questions is the courts. In a compelling analysis...

New Global Commission Launched To Address Economic Growth And Climate Change

On September 24, 2013, a new organization, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (the “Commission”), launched in New York. The Commission will focus its efforts on the economic costs and benefits of acting on climate change. Speakers at the inaugural event included the Chair of...

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New CCCL Paper– Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Shipping: Powers of Pacific Island States

Columbia’s Center for Climate Change Law has published a new white paper analyzing state authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the international shipping sector. International shipping is responsible for roughly the same percentage of global emissions as aviation – at...

2015 Paris Climate Change Accord

By: E. Lynn Grayson The U.S. was the first nation to submit its recommended outline of the global accord to be adopted at the Paris climate conference. The 2015 agreement will have to bring together the current patchwork of binding and non-binding arrangements under the UN climate convention and...

New York Attorney General Can Advance and Improve Climate Disclosures Under Federal, State Securities Laws

In recent years, a major challenge facing companies and securities regulators has been when and how to disclose material risks related to climate change in federal securities filings. In 2010, in response to a petition, the SEC issued an interpretive release on disclosure of climate change risks to assist...

Severe Hurricanes and Tropical Storms: Survey of Five Southeast State Utility Commissions Finds Wide Variation in Hardening and Resiliency Requirements

A new paper by Katherine Carey looks at the different actions that state utility commissions in the Southeast have taken to ensure that their electric utilities are prepared for tomorrow’s storms. The Gulf Coast region in the Southeastern United States is at especially high risk of more severe...

Third U.S. National Climate Assessment Released

By Gabrielle Sigel . Last month the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment , titled "Climate Change Impacts in the United States" ("the Assessment"). The Assessment was three years in the making and was based on the work of more...

Rising CO2 Poses Significant Threat To Human Nutrition

At the elevated levels of atmospheric CO 2 anticipated by around 2050, crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will have significantly reduced concentrations of those nutrients , according to a new study led by Harvard School of Public Health...