Climate Change

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Lawsuits for Climate Disasters?
Posted on 21 Feb 2014 by Dianne Saxe

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... Read More

Human impacts on the climate preceded the dawn of the petroleum age
Posted on 26 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts, occasionally with tongue planted firmly in cheek, have noted that human impact on carbon loading in the atmosphere goes back to well before the industrial era. A recent assessment has calculated that over the eight millennia before 1850... Read More

Area from Massachusetts to North Carolina Faces Accelerating Sea Level Increase
Posted on 25 Jun 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Climate change has, on average, raised the surface of the world's oceans in recent decades by melting glaciers and causing seawater to expand as it warms. But the rise has not been uniform, just like the increase in ocean temperature. As noted in... Read More

Rising CO2 Poses Significant Threat To Human Nutrition
Posted on 10 Jun 2014 by LexisNexis Insurance Law Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

DLA Piper: Climate Change Update – Australian Carbon Pricing Mechanism Takes Shape
Posted on 12 Jul 2012 by DLA Piper

By Mark Beaufoy and Laura Schuijers July 1 marked the first day of the first compliance year under Australia's carbon pricing mechanism (CPM). Entities liable under the CPM will need to record and report their covered greenhouse gas emissions... Read More

Legal Group Urges Court to Dismiss “Climate Change” Suit
Posted on 1 Aug 2011 by William Perry Pendley

By William Perry Pendley, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation July 29, 2011 - DENVER, CO. A Colorado nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation today urged a Colorado state court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by... Read More

Greenhouse Gas Tort Litigation
Posted on 3 Nov 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Robert A. Wyman, Jr. and Michael G. Romey; General Editor Bradley M. Marten Numerous lawsuits have been filed to address climate change, including those based in tort for injuries to persons and property caused by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.... Read More

EPA Greenhouse Gas Permitting Requirements Maintain Focus on Largest Emitters
Posted on 3 Jul 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Steps to streamline process will ease burden on state and local permitting authorities WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will not revise greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting thresholds under the Clean Air... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Governor Cuomo Calls for Lowering RGGI Cap, Other Climate Initiatives
Posted on 30 Jan 2013 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Shelley Welton, Deputy Director & Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On Wednesday, January 10, 2013, Governor Cuomo gave his state-of-the-state message . Much of the message was devoted to examining how the state can recover... Read More

National Weather Service 30-Year Averages Confirm the Climate is Getting Hotter in the U.S.
Posted on 16 Aug 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

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... Read More

Global Warming: There are Reasonable, Cost-Effective Steps that Can Slow the Temperature Rise, but They May Be Rendered Moot by Massive Increases in CO2
Posted on 4 Mar 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

First, some good news. Prior posts have noted repeatedly the key role that methane plays in global warming (the longterm trend in temperature, not seasonal or annual variations). Prior posts have also noted the role that particulates-aerosols play in... Read More

Carbon Capture and Sequestration
Posted on 7 Aug 2010 by Kathy G. Beckett and David M. Flannery

By Kathy G. Beckett and David M. Flannery, Members, Jackson Kelly PLLC; General Editor Bradley M. Marten As the United States continues to debate the climate change issue, attention is being focused on the burning of fossil-fuels for power generation... Read More

DOE Identifies Possible Carbon Sequestration Storage Sites
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On May 1, 2012, the Department of Energy released the North American Storage Atlas that maps the potential carbon dioxide storage capacity in North America. According to the Atlas , there is at least 500... Read More

Marten Law: Washington State Issues Revised Proposal for Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting
Posted on 20 Oct 2010 by amoir

By Alyssa Moir, Marten Law Group PLLC “Large stationary sources and transportation fuel suppliers in the State of Washington would have to report their 2012 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions beginning in 2013 under rules recently proposed by Washington's... Read More

Marten Law: Washington State Decision Excludes Bioenergy-Based GHG Emissions From Clean Air Act Permit Requirements
Posted on 5 Jul 2011 by Svend Brandt-Erichsen

By Svend Brandt-Erichsen, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "An administrative hearings board in Washington State has rejected calls for further assessment of climate impacts from a cogeneration project that will burn woody biomass to generate electricity... Read More