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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

In Issuing Executive Order No. 41, Governor Markell Rejects Any Need to Choose Between Mitigating Climate Change and Supporting Economic Growth
Posted on 24 Oct 2013 by J. Wylie Donald

by Mike Kelly & Jameson Tweedie Last month, Delaware Governor Jack Markell issued Executive Order No. 41 , “Preparing Delaware for Emerging Climate Impacts and Seizing Economic Opportunities from Reducing Emissions.” In many climate... 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

Remembrance and Gratitude
Posted on 12 Nov 2013 by Dianne Saxe

We Remember This is a day for remembrance and gratitude. We, who live here in Canada, are among the luckiest people in the world, despite the follies and flaws of some of our leaders and governments. From my family’s experience, both in the... 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

2001-2010, A Decade of Climate Extremes
Posted on 7 Aug 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature... Read More

Floods in Texas, Flood Mapping, Flood Dollars
Posted on 23 Jul 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald Floods on the Rio Blanco recently demonstrate the link to climate change, but not in the way you think. It was a horrible Memorial Day weekend in Hays County, Texas. At least three people died from the worst flooding seen since... Read More

Houston Flooding and Lawyers - A Climate Change Informed View
Posted on 28 Jul 2015 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald "After a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, litigation often follows to determine who will pay for the consequences." Mariner Energy, Inc. v. Devon Energy Prod. Co ., 690 F. Supp. 2d 558 (S.D. Tex. 2010) (considering... Read More

Your Uninsurable Home? What is Climate Change’s Wild Weather Doing to Insurance?
Posted on 4 Sep 2013 by Dianne Saxe

Across Canada, this year has brought severe storms, floods, wildfires and other catastrophic weather. As people in Calgary, Toronto and other hard hit areas try to rebuild their lives, most of them expect that someone should help them pay for the damage... Read More

FERC Directs LNG Facility Applicant To Disclose Climate Change Impacts, As Urged By Sabin Center
Posted on 12 Feb 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently directed a company seeking to build a natural gas facility to submit information... Read More

Lahore High Court Orders Pakistan to Act on Climate Change
Posted on 18 Nov 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Ashgar Leghari, a farmer from Pakistan, sued the national government for failure to carry out the 2012 National Climate Policy and Framework. The Lahore High Court ruled that “Climate Change is a defining challenge of our time and has led to dramatic... Read More

The New Bucket List: NOAA’s Top Sites for Increased Nuisance Flooding
Posted on 18 Aug 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

"Seawater on the streets.” One immediately knows that, notwithstanding the alliterative allure, something is not right. And when one is in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Alex Haley Scuplture Group is literally reading in the waves, it is plain... Read More

Top 6 at 6: Highlights of the Top Climate Change Legal Stories in the First Half of 2014
Posted on 13 Aug 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

Our semi-annual look at the top climate change legal stories is keyed on EPA. You hardly have to have been awake to be aware of the Clean Power Plan and UARG v. EPA , [ subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case... Read More

Governor Cuomo’s Signature Needed to Pass New York Climate Adaptation Bill
Posted on 11 Sep 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Both houses of the New York State legislature have passed the Community Risk Reduction and Resiliency Act, [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], but Governor Cuomo has yet to sign the bill into law. The purpose of the bill is to amend... Read More