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Cap-and Trade War Coming Our Way
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Robert Lawrence and Dustin Till

By Robert F. Lawrence, Partner, and Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Cap and trade is a market-based framework under which aggregate emissions are capped and regulated businesses must obtain (through government allocations, auctions, or secondary... 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

New IPCC Report: Human Influence On Global Warming Is Clear
Posted on 16 Oct 2013 by E. Lynn Grayson

Meeting in Stockholm last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released new research from its Fifth Assessment Report – the culmination of six years of research and data analyses since the Fourth Assessment Report was issued... Read More

More on the American Electric Power Decision
Posted on 21 Jul 2011 by Jonathan Wells

By Jonathan Wells , Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP The United States Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts cannot use the federal common law of nuisance to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In American Electric Power v. Connecticut... 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

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

New SEC Climate Disclosure Search Tool
Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by E. Lynn Grayson

Ceres and CookESG Research have launched a new search tool allowing easier access to companies' climate change-related disclosures to the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC Climate Disclosure Search allows searching by year, company... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: California Air Resources Board Adopts Regional Cap-and-Trade Program
Posted on 7 Dec 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Julia Dobtsis, JD Candidate, 2012, Cornell Law School On October 20, 2011, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced the adoption its long awaited Air Resources Board Emissions Trading Program. The state-administered program is the... Read More

Should Energy Board Consider Climate Before Approving Pipelines?
Posted on 4 Sep 2014 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James Can, and should, the National Energy Board consider climate impacts before approving oil pipelines? The federal government says no, objectors say yes. Now the courts must decide. The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion would increase... 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

New Mexico Court Refuses to Take Steps to Apply Public Trust Doctrine to the Atmosphere
Posted on 6 Sep 2013 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald and Patrick Reilly Two years ago, we observed a potentially startling development in climate change litigation: “On Monday, May 4, [2011] in state courts across the nation lawyers representing children and young adults filed... 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