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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

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

Governor Jerry Brown Urges Conservation As California Runs Dry
Posted on 4 Feb 2014 by State Net

BROWN URGES CONSERVATION AS CA RUNS DRY: With the state facing its worst drought in decades, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) urged Golden State residents last week to cut back their water usage wherever possible. Brown said residents should voluntarily... Read More

The Constitutional Foundation for the Clean Power Plan
Posted on 16 Apr 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

As members of Congress wisely examine the legal basis for the Clean Power Plan, they should feel confident that the Environmental Protection Agency is acting with a solid constitutional foundation. At a Tuesday hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy... 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

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

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

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

WA Court Affirms Best Available Climate Science As Basis For Emissions Reduction Goals
Posted on 23 Sep 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

One year ago, eight young climate activists (ranging from 9 to 14 years old) petitioned Washington State’s Department of Ecology (“the Department”) to adopt and implement stricter greenhouse gas emissions regulations based on the most... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal – Deepening California Drought Poses Several Challenges
Posted on 19 May 2015 by State Net

After years of magical thinking about rains that rarely came, California agencies are struggling to combat the state’s prolonged drought through myriad mandates, restrictions and development of alternative sources of water. They have a long way... Read More

Air pollution may be causing mega-cyclones striking India & the Middle East
Posted on 11 Nov 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

It is well known that warm sea-surface temperatures can boost the intensity of hurricanes (known in the Indian Ocean as cyclones). For many decades water in the Arabian Sea has been warm, which should enhance the strength of cyclones. However, regional... Read More