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Threat Of Sea Level Rise In Southeast Florida Calls For Immediate Adaptive Action, Task Force Urges County
Posted on 19 Feb 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Sea level rise is an “inevitable consequence” of global warming and requires innovative capital planning, according to a new Report by the... 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

Arctic salt clouds are reducting the impact of Global Climate Change on the Arctic region
Posted on 15 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted both the various impacts of Global Climate Change ("GCC") on various aspects of the Earth and its atmospheric systems, as well as the failure of many/most models to include such impacts within their parameters. For example... Read More

Four Big Ideas on Climate Change
Posted on 18 Feb 2015 by Dianne Saxe

By Paula Boutis The UN climate convention conference that wrapped up in December in Lima was meant to deliver a draft for a new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris, France in 2015 and to come into effect in 2020. Before the meeting, hopes... Read More

Petition to Philippines Human Rights Commission Seeks Investigation into “Carbon Majors” for Human Rights Violations
Posted on 18 Nov 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Greenpeace Southeast Asia and the Philippine Reconstruction Movement have filed a Petition with the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights (CHR or Commission) on behalf of 13 organizations and 20 individuals. The Petition makes several allegations... Read More

U.N. Climate Report: Irreversible Change Near Certain
Posted on 1 Dec 2014 by Dianne Saxe

By Jennifer Kalnins Temple Still not worried enough about climate change? Read the latest climate assessment report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This is the fourth and final scientific volume to lay the... Read More

What is the source of the oceans' production of N2O, a potent GHG?
Posted on 7 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The oceans emit an estimated 30% of the nitrous oxide (N2O) entering the atmosphere. Nitrous oxide gives rise to NO (nitric oxide) when it reacts with oxygen atoms, and this NO in turn reacts with ozone. As a result, N2O is the main naturally occurring... Read More

New CCCL Paper– Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Shipping: Powers of Pacific Island States
Posted on 5 Mar 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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... Read More