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2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference: International Negotiations Seek to Raise Ambition to Combat Climate Change
Posted on 6 Dec 2013 by DLA Piper

By Andrew B. Schatz and Katrina A. Hochstetler International climate change negotiations are now under way at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, aiming to lay the groundwork for a new, universal climate change agreement... Read More

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

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

Attacks on Canadian Climate Scientist Ruled to be Defamation
Posted on 15 Apr 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

A trial court in British Columbia has awarded $50,000 CAD (roughly $40,000 USD in current exchange rates) to distinguished climate scientist Dr. Andrew Weaver, finding that a collection of articles had defamed him.[1] The judgment is controlling authority... Read More

Green Climate Fund Board Makes Key Decisions On Operations
Posted on 9 Apr 2014 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Keri L. Holleb Hotaling Recently, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (the "Fund") met in Bali, Indonesia. The Fund was designated as an operating entity of the financial mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate... Read More

CDP Announces Climate Change Reporting Changes for 2015
Posted on 5 May 2015 by Foley & Lardner LLP

The following post is provided by our guest author, Karen Lutz from TRC Environmental Corporation. Karen can be reached at . CDP, an international nonprofit organization that provides a global system for measuring, reporting... Read More

S&P: Climate Change is a Global Mega-Trend with an Impact on Sovereign Creditworthiness
Posted on 25 Jun 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On May 15th, 2014, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services issued Climate Change is a Global Mega-Trend for Sovereign Risk , a report about the potential impacts of climate change on sovereign credit ratings of countries around the world. In its report... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: The Climate Battle Continues - Two Senate Bills Seek to Block EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases
Posted on 11 Feb 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Julia Ciardullo, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School With the 112th Congress now in session, Senators from both parties have already introduced legislation that would block EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs... Read More

Understanding Global Warming: Does Less Sea Ice Mean More Northern Hemisphere snow? Possibly.
Posted on 27 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

It was not that long ago that those who believe (on faith, not scientific fact) that there is no global warming, celebrated the snowfall in the Eastern U.S. as though it showed that global warming was not happening. Prior posts have reviewed a number... Read More

Treatment of Greenhouse Gases Under the National Environmental Policy Act
Posted on 21 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Jeffrey A. Thaler and Dustin T. Till; General Editor Bradley M. Marten Given the absence of comprehensive, economy-wide regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its state-level counterparts have been... Read More

DOE Identifies Possible Carbon Sequestration Storage Sites
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On May 1, 2012, the Department of Energy released the North American Storage Atlas that maps the potential carbon dioxide storage capacity in North America. According to the Atlas , there is at least 500... Read More