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State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: North Carolina Tries To Outlaw Climate Change Data
Posted on 2 Jul 2012 by State Net

BUT CAN THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE HUMIDITY? Speaking of North Carolina, who knew the worst thing about global warming is that it might be bad for business? As the Los Angeles Times reports, things started when a Tar Heel State commission reported that... Read More

Plugging in Electric Vehicles May Raise IQs
Posted on 13 Dec 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English It's not Gone with the Wind or Harry Potter, but an article just published in the public health journal, Health Affairs , is worth picking up, if only to start you thinking. In Six Climate... Read More

Two Key Rulings Pending in Global Warming Suits
Posted on 25 Apr 2011 by John G. Nevius

By John G. Nevius, Esq., P.E. On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, two separate oral arguments were held that will help determine the future of climate-change litigation - and whether and how insurance coverage is available to defend against certain climate... Read More

Environmental Initiatives and the Role of the Green Technology Pilot Program
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Sarah M. Wong, Marquette University Law School The United States has entered a heightened state of environmental awareness. America's history of industrialization and consumerism in the early 1900s resulted in the realization that an increasing... Read More

Fifth Circuit Dismisses Comer v. Murphy Oil — A Victory for Industry In Climate Change Tort Litigation?
Posted on 1 Jun 2010 by Douglas A. Henderson

By Douglas A. Henderson, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP On May 28, 2010, in a startling decision in perhaps the most important and certainly the most topsy-turvy climate change tort case against the utility, chemical, and oil and gas industry, the... Read More

Flooding from Irene: Whither the Flood Plain?
Posted on 7 Sep 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English My train this morning usually continues to New York. Today it terminated in Philadelphia, a victim of the deluge delivered by Hurricane Irene. Amtrak explained: Most Northeast Regional service... Read More

Ceres and a Series of Serious Thoughts About the NAIC Climate Disclosures - A Three Part Series
Posted on 24 Oct 2011 by J. Wylie Donald

Ceres released last month the first analysis of the insurer climate change disclosures submitted to state regulators pursuant to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners rule. The report is eye-opening. The authors have combed through the disclosures... Read More

An entirely new carbon sink in the oceans may have been discovered
Posted on 30 Nov 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

One of the themes that has run through prior posts is to note that our understanding of the carbon cycle may leave more than a little to be desired. Such lack of understanding may explain why the impacts of global warming are, in some cases, more severe... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New Study Calls into Question the Offsetting Potential of White Roofs
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Adam Riedel U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu has consistently touted the benefits of white or reflective roofs and "cool pavements" (white or lightly colored pavements) in combating climate change, and has even mandated that all... Read More

Waste diversion, odour and climate change
Posted on 16 Aug 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Clare Booth Luce, the famous American playwright, journalist, ambassador, and Congresswoman, used to say, "no good deed goes unpunished". To my regret, this sardonic and rather depressing phrase... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Report Quantifies the Environmental Value of Building Reuse
Posted on 2 Apr 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Recently, the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a report that confirms the environmental benefit of building reuse. The report concludes... Read More

A Closer Look at Climate Change Skepticism -- An Interesting Assessment
Posted on 2 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

In an interesting assessment, the author notes: "Debate over climate change is nothing new. Scientists have been arguing about whether greenhouse gases released by human activity might change the climate since the late nineteenth century, when Swedish... Read More

Guest Blog of the Week: Prospects for Climate & Energy Legislation in Late 2010—Part II
Posted on 2 Sep 2010 by Meredith Irvin and Erin Book

By Meredith Irvin and Erin Book, Managing Directors, SNR Denton In a week-long blog series, Meredith Irvin and Erin Book will summarize the main climate and/or energy proposals that are currently being discussed as we head into the final working... Read More

Arctic seafloor is "leaking" methane
Posted on 10 Mar 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

As noted in prior posts, the evidence for climate change can be found in the many changes occurring across the globe. One of the most disturbing such events is the recent evidence that the Arctic seafloor is emitting methane into the atmosphere. As noted... Read More

D.C. Circuit upholds California's GHG law against challenge, finding that the U.S. Chamber and NADA both lacked standing
Posted on 9 May 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have followed the development of California's greenhouse gas law. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce challenged EPA's 2009 waiver which allowed California to regulate GHG emissions. In Chamber of Commerce of the United States et al v... Read More