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Towards an Integrated Approach to Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation
Posted on 6 Oct 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael Burger Recently I traveled to Vientiane, Laos, to give a presentation at the National Workshop on Disaster and Climate Change Law. The workshop, convened by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the International Federation of Red... Read More

Early European explorers of North America may have indirectly triggered the Little Ice Age by exposing the local population to new diseases
Posted on 17 Oct 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

By the end of the 15th century, between 40 and 80 million people are thought to have been living in the Americas. Many of them burned trees to make room for crops, leaving behind charcoal deposits that have been found in the soils of Mexico, Nicaragua... Read More

Marten Law: Virginia Supreme Court to Decide Insurance Coverage for Climate Change Suits--AES Corp. v. Steadfast Insurance Co.
Posted on 15 Jun 2011 by Steven G Jones

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "The Supreme Court of Virginia will soon decide whether a claim for damages alleged to have resulted from climate change is a covered 'occurrence' under standard general liability policies,"... Read More

2015 Paris Climate Change Accord
Posted on 12 Mar 2014 by E. Lynn Grayson

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... Read More

The Debt Ceiling Furor Will Change the Climate of Climate Change Responses
Posted on 11 Aug 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

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.... Read More

Lawsuit Seeks To Force Belgian Government To Take Action Against Climate Change
Posted on 2 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More

Dutch Court Orders National GHG Reductions
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More

Government Officials’ Liability After Extreme Weather Events: Recent Developments in Domestic and International Case Law
Posted on 9 Apr 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change 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... Read More

National Round Table on Environment and Economy (NTREE): Who Understands Climate Risks?
Posted on 24 May 2012 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer In its Advisory Report - Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate , the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy provides a fascinating insight into the way... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Virginia Court to Decide the First Climate Change-Related Insurance Coverage Case
Posted on 21 May 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On April 19, 2011, the same day the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in American Electric Power Co. Inc., et al., v. Connecticut, et al. , the Supreme Court... Read More

D.C. Circuit upholds California's GHG law against challenge, finding that the U.S. Chamber and NADA both lacked standing
Posted on 9 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have followed the development of California's greenhouse gas law. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenged EPA's 2009 waiver which allowed California to regulate GHG emissions. In Chamber of Commerce of the United States et al v.... Read More

Severe Hurricanes and Tropical Storms: Survey of Five Southeast State Utility Commissions Finds Wide Variation in Hardening and Resiliency Requirements
Posted on 16 Apr 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More

Rising Sea Levels and Prohibited "Takings" - A Different Sort of Climate Change Litigation
Posted on 29 Dec 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

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.... Read More

Marten Law: Republican Lawmakers Join Obama Administration in Urging Supreme Court to Overrule GHG Nuisance Case
Posted on 2 Mar 2011 by Steven G Jones

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC “Proving once again that politics makes for strange bedfellows, three prominent Republican lawmakers who have opposed EPA greenhouse gas regulation have joined the Obama Administration in urging the... Read More