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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

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Recent Report Quantifies the Market for Energy Efficiency Retrofits
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP In March, The Rockefeller Foundation and DB Climate Change Advisors released a research paper entitled United States Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Market Sizing and... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Global Agencies Launch Project to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings in East Africa
Posted on 6 Jun 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP In May 2011, the Global Environment Facility, in collaboration with two United Nation agencies (the U.N. Environment Program and the U.N. Human Settlements Program), announced... 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

Sulfur Masking Global Warming?
Posted on 15 Jul 2011 by Patrick Greissing

By Patrick Greissing, Alston & Bird LLP A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences states that despite the increase in greenhouse gas emissions from 1998 to 2008, global surfaces temperatures have leveled... Read More

Oceans show warming in last two decades
Posted on 5 Jul 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Because water has a vastly larger capacity for heat storage than the atmosphere, eventually between 80 to 90 percent of the heat trapped by the greenhouse effects ends up being stored in the oceans. Thus, the trend in ocean temperatures is an excellent... 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

Supreme Court of Virginia Once Again Holds That Climate Change Lawsuit Did Not Trigger Duty to Defend by Insurer
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 by Jennifer Hans

RICHMOND, Va. - (Mealey's) An underlying complaint alleges that damages were the "natural and probable consequence" of an insured's intentional actions, the Virginia Supreme Court said April 20, upholding its finding that a commercial... Read More

An unexplained drop in atmospheric water vapor decreases global warming rates
Posted on 2 May 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted the impact of irrigated agriculture on regional temperature increases. However, the influence of water vapor is also a key factor in understanding the rate of change in global temperatures. Researchers recently noted that a sudden... Read More

DOT, EPA Propose the Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Trucks and Buses
Posted on 27 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

A win for the environment, economy and energy efficiency WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) have announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG... Read More

Some aircraft designers think outside the box to improve efficiency
Posted on 24 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Concern has been expressed in recent years over the contribution of aircraft to GHG emissions. Some airlines have gotten favorable publicity for experimenting with bio-derived fuels. But, what if aircraft were to target reducing fuel consumption by half... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Environmental Impact Analysis and the Keystone XL Pipeline Project
Posted on 12 Jul 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

On June 6, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its latest comments and rating on the State Department's Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Keystone XL project, a major new oil pipeline being developed... Read More