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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

Energy and EPA Defend Administration’s Climate Change Approach in Congress
Posted on 25 Sep 2013 by Gabrielle Sigel

On September 18, 2013, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on "The Obama Administration's Climate Change Policies and Activities" in response to the President's Climate Action... Read More

Companies Leading the Charge on Carbon Pricing
Posted on 16 Oct 2014 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros While it is unlikely that the 113th Congress will take any action on climate change (especially not in advance of the November 2014 elections), many major public companies aren't waiting for Congressional action and are instead... Read More

Fossil Fuel Divestment Catching On?
Posted on 25 Nov 2014 by Dianne Saxe

Is the tide turning on fossil fuel divestment? Climate Week featured promises, by some big mainstream investors, to start divesting from fossil fuels. Notable announcements included the Rockefeller Brothers Fund , which was built on the Standard Oil fortune... Read More

Climate Change: Yes, It’s Getting Worse Fast and It Matters
Posted on 21 Apr 2014 by Dianne Saxe

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its Summary for Policy Makers. Based on thousands of scientific studies since 2005 into the growing impacts of climate change, it concludes that key dangerous changes are already underway around... 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

Negligent Operation of a Storm Sewer: A New Theory of Climate Change Liability
Posted on 9 May 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald We have written many times about the flawed design of the nation's flood maps in an era of climate change. And spoken about the potential for claims against professionals for failure to consider the effects of climate change... Read More

May Updates to the Climate Litigation Charts
Posted on 14 May 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Each month, Arnold & Porter and the Center for Climate Change Law collect and summarize developments in climate-related litigation, which we also add to our U.S. and non-US climate litigation charts. The May additions are listed below. (If you know... 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

First “Climate Refugee” Case Going To Appeal In New Zealand
Posted on 23 Apr 2014 by Dianne Saxe

On May 1, 2014, the New Zealand Court of Appeal will hear Ioane Teitiota’s claim to become the world’s first climate refugee. Mr. Teitota is from a remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati , one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth.... Read More

Sea Level Rise Risk Should Be Evaluated For Coastal Infrastructure Projects, According To San Francisco Capital Planning Guidance
Posted on 10 Feb 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Sea level rise is a “pervasive and increasing threat” and should be evaluated as infrastructure projects are built or modified along San Francisco’s... Read More

A Slow-Burning Fuse: Climate Change from the Risk Management Trenches
Posted on 30 Apr 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald Yesterday morning was the only session on climate change at the 2014 annual conference of RIMS , the Risk and Insurance Management Society, the preeminent risk management trade group in the country. Over 9,000 individuals from... Read More

UN Climate Summit 2014
Posted on 9 Oct 2014 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit 2014 at UN headquarters in NYC. The purpose of the Summit is to engage leaders and advance climate action. The UN's ultimate objective is to rally international support... Read More

Almost There … But Not Quite There …
Posted on 30 Oct 2013 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

On October 7, 2013, when the Supreme Court of the United States announced a number of procedural decisions regarding which cases it would review, there was a conspicuous absence from the list: Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. EPA, 684 F. 3d 102... Read More

Carbon Disclosure Project Report Provides Real Examples that Illustrate the Expensive Impact of Climate Change on Major Corporations
Posted on 1 Jul 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Alexander Bandza, Associate, Jenner & Block The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has released a report that updates its survey on how S&P 500 companies assess physical risks from climate change. Reported risks affect companies in all economic... Read More