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Demand-Side Energy Efficiency in the Final Clean Power Plan
Posted on 29 Sep 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Jessica Wentz, Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have unveiled the final version of the Clean Power Plan —the nation’s first ever federal regulatory standards to... Read More

Battles over Stormwater: Maryland Counties Fight the 'Rain Tax'
Posted on 29 Dec 2013 by J. Wylie Donald

It's not secession like Colorado but three Maryland counties are staging their own Fort Sumter. The Carroll County Council has received a notice from the State that the County did not appear to be meeting its obligations under the 2012 Stormwater... Read More

Jenner & Block: Managing Water Risks: Carbon Disclosure Project's Water Disclosure
Posted on 17 Aug 2010 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson, Partner, Jenner & Block In this Analysis, E. Lynn Grayson discusses the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and examines its first water-related information request. She writes: The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has issued its... Read More

Democratic Senators Introduce Carbon Tax Bill
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On Wednesday, June 10, two Democratic Senators (Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Brian Schatz of Hawaii) introduced a bill that would impose a carbon tax of $45 per ton of carbon emissions. For other greenhouse gases, the bill imposes a carbon dioxide... Read More

Jenner & Block: New Guidance On Social Cost Of Carbon
Posted on 25 Jun 2013 by LexisNexis Communities Staff

By E. Lynn Grayson , Partner, Jenner & Block The Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon - a multiple federal agency initiative - has issued new guidance on the social cost of carbon to estimate the climate benefits of any rulemakings... Read More

CCX Sued For Fraud
Posted on 6 Jan 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On December 14, 2011, a group of investors that purchased trading privileges on the Chicago Climate Exchange ("CCX") sued the CCX and its founders, alleging fraud and violations of Illinois'... Read More

Proposed Rules Seek to Cut Methane Emissions at Landfills
Posted on 20 Oct 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Ethan R. Ware , Partner, Williams Mullen EPA has issued a proposed rule and a supplemental proposal to a July 14, 2015 proposed rule that are designed to achieve additional reductions of landfill gas (LFG) and its components, including methane,... Read More

Marten Law on American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut--U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Climate Change Nuisance Claims
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by Steven G Jones

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "In an 8-0 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court held on June 20 in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut (AEP) that federal courts do not have jurisdiction to hear federal common law nuisance claims relating... Read More

SCCCL and Lamont-Doherty Release New Collaborative Working Paper on “Scientific and Legal Integrity in Advancing a Land-Degradation Neutral World”
Posted on 1 Dec 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

It is no secret that the fight against desertification isn’t going well. In the two decades since the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification came into force, desertification has worsened considerably. Many within the desertification... Read More

Marten Law: Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards Proposed For Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Posted on 30 Nov 2010 by amoir

By Alyssa Moir, Marten Law Group PLLC In this Emerging Issues Commentary, Alyssa Moir writes that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) have jointly proposed the first-ever... Read More

United States Supreme Court Reverses Second Circuit Decision that Permitted States’ Lawsuits Over Greenhouse Gases
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 unanimously reversed a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that allowed five states to pursue lawsuits under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that sought court-imposed limits on the greenhouse... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: GHG Protocol Releases New Corporate GHG Reporting Standard
Posted on 4 Jun 2013 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

In April 2013, the GHG Protocol, a partnership between the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, released new guidelines to account for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in both upstream and downstream corporate... Read More

CEQ’s Revised Draft Guidance on Addressing Climate Change under NEPA: Federal Agencies Should Analyze Both GHG Emissions and Impacts of Climate Change on Proposed Action
Posted on 23 Feb 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On December 24, 2014, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released Revised Draft Guidance on how federal agencies should evaluate GHG emissions and the impacts of climate change when conducting reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act... Read More

FERC’s Reaction to CEQ’s Greenhouse Gas Guidance: For Now, Business as Usual
Posted on 22 Jul 2015 by GreenbergTraurig

On June 23, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an Order Denying Rehearing, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this order: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], of its earlier April 6, 2015 order, [subscribers can access an enhanced... Read More

Podcast - Legal News - Supreme Court Holds Clean Air Act and EPA Trump State Nuisance Lawsuits - AEP v. Connecticut
Posted on 21 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

The U.S. Supreme Court reverses a 2nd Circuit ruling allowing states' lawsuits over greenhouse gas emissions, and the high court reverses certification of a WalMart gender class. Listen to the third story on the podcast for this historic greenhouse... Read More