The EU ETS’s Most Recent Challenges

Teresa Parejo, Associate Professor of Law (Carlos III University), Visiting Scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law The EU ETS (European Union Emissions Trading System), the most important EU tool to fight against climate change, is now facing two challenges of great significance: 1. In...

2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference: International Negotiations Seek to Raise Ambition to Combat Climate Change

By Andrew B. Schatz and Katrina A. Hochstetler International climate change negotiations are now under way at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, aiming to lay the groundwork for a new, universal climate change agreement scheduled for adoption in 2015 and to raise ambition...

Philippines Calls For “Emergency Climate Pathway”

By Meredith James In an impassioned speech at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Kyoto Protocol, the Philippines’ chief negotiator, Yeb Sano, called on the parties to take immediate, drastic action to tackle the climate crisis. IISD VIDEO: Philippines delegate Naderev Saño...

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2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference: Mobilizing Climate Finance Mechanisms

By Andrew B. Schatz , Catherine B. Campbell , and Jesse Colin Medlong International climate change negotiations concluded in November in Warsaw at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). DLA Piper lawyers from Europe and...

State Net Climate Change News: Hard Part Just Beginning For California Cap-And-Trade Program

By most measures, California's nascent cap-and-trade program had a solid first year of operation, producing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for state coffers and, perhaps more important, not dragging the state's still-recovering economy back into the abyss it had been wallowing in...

New Center for Climate Change Law Paper: Envisioning Resilient Electrical Infrastructure

by Sam Nierop, Visiting Scholar Only last month, a powerful storm left thousands without access to electricity across Europe.[1] Last year, Hurricane Sandy left more than 8 million people without power in the Northeastern United States.[2] As climate change amplifies the frequency and severity...

The Top 6 at 12: Highlights of the Top Climate Change Legal Stories in the Second Half of 2013

by J. Wylie Donald 2013 has drawn to a close; here is our take on the top six climate change legal stories in the last six months. 1. Climate Change Assessments - Blockbuster legislation may have been evaded once more but that has not stopped those in the trenches. Assessments of climate change...

New Columbia Resource Tracks the President’s Climate Action Plan

On June 25, 2013, President Obama delivered a major speech on the topic of climate change. In it he outlined a broad policy agenda aimed at addressing the challenges posed by the changing climate. The agenda, detailed in The President’s Climate Action Plan , relies almost entirely upon executive...

Lawsuits for Climate Disasters?

Lawsuits against private firms for climate disaster compensation may not be winnable yet, but important groundwork is being laid. In groundbreaking peer-reviewed research , researcher Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute offers the most complete picture to date of which institutions...

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...

Public Service Commission Approves Con Ed Rate Case and Climate Change Adaptation Settlement

Ethan I. Strell, CCCL Associate Director & Fellow In an historic decision that will serve as a nationwide model, the New York State Public Service Commission on February 20 unanimously approved a settlement requiring Con Edison to implement state-of-the-art measures to plan for and protect...

Green Climate Fund Board Makes Key Decisions On Operations

By Keri L. Holleb Hotaling Recently, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (the "Fund") met in Bali, Indonesia. The Fund was designated as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ("UNFCCC"). The Fund's purpose...

Climate Change: Yes, It’s Getting Worse Fast and It Matters

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its Summary for Policy Makers. Based on thousands of scientific studies since 2005 into the growing impacts of climate change, it concludes that key dangerous changes are already underway around the world, and will hurt the poor the most. You should...

First “Climate Refugee” Case Going To Appeal In New Zealand

On May 1, 2014, the New Zealand Court of Appeal will hear Ioane Teitiota’s claim to become the world’s first climate refugee. Mr. Teitota is from a remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati , one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth. He is trying to convince New Zealand judges that he’s...

Negligent Operation of a Storm Sewer: A New Theory of Climate Change Liability

By J. Wylie Donald We have written many times about the flawed design of the nation's flood maps in an era of climate change. And spoken about the potential for claims against professionals for failure to consider the effects of climate change in what they do. On April 16, 2014 those two ideas...

May Updates to the Climate Litigation Charts

Each month, Arnold & Porter and the Center for Climate Change Law collect and summarize developments in climate-related litigation, which we also add to our U.S. and non-US climate litigation charts. The May additions are listed below. (If you know of any cases we’ve missed, please email us...

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...

Climate Change at the US EPA Region 2 Conference

On Thursday May 29th, the eleventh biennial conference on key and emerging environmental issues in the EPA Region 2 area was held at Columbia Law School. This teeming conference consisted of four panels, each on separate yet correlated environmental topics around New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and...

S&P: Climate Change is a Global Mega-Trend with an Impact on Sovereign Creditworthiness

On May 15th, 2014, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services issued Climate Change is a Global Mega-Trend for Sovereign Risk , a report about the potential impacts of climate change on sovereign credit ratings of countries around the world. In its report, S&P explains how the costs of inaction...

Carbon Disclosure Project Report Provides Real Examples that Illustrate the Expensive Impact of Climate Change on Major Corporations

By Alexander Bandza, Associate, Jenner & Block The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has released a report that updates its survey on how S&P 500 companies assess physical risks from climate change. Reported risks affect companies in all economic sectors and include damage to facilities,...

Methane Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Production and Use – How Accurate are the Estimates?

During a recent Environmental Law Institute teleconference, the climate change director of the US EPA’s air office cautioned that a better understanding is needed before drawing any conclusions from the top down or atmospheric sampling that was done to determine the level of methane emissions from...

Environmental Protection Agency Releases New Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a new Policy Statement on Climate Change Adaptation , building on the last policy statement released by the EPA in June 2011. In the statement, the EPA has developed a more direct, urgent tone in describing the initiatives to be taken in adapting to the...