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Could the Amazon Become a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emitter Rather Than a Sink?
Posted on 3 Apr 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

The Amazon has long been conceived of as a CO2 sink because of its mass of vegetation. Researchers are now concerned that drought and deforestation may make it a net emitter. Because of regular measurements of about 100,000 trees, researchers estimate... Read More

New Working Paper Examines UN Security Council’s Role in Addressing Climate Change
Posted on 24 Sep 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

In a new working paper , Sabin Center intern Dane Warren examines the authority of the United Nations Security Council to address global climate change. The paper considers what actions the Security Council has taken with regard to climate change thus... Read More

New Climate Change Data Available
Posted on 23 Jul 2013 by E. Lynn Grayson

The World Resource Institute (WRI) has launched an online initiative to make global greenhouse gas emissions data more accessible and easier to understand. The free, online portal, referred to as Climate Analysis Indicators Tool or CAIT 2.0, provides... 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

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