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New CCCL Paper: Federal “Green” Product Procurement Policy In The U.S.
Posted on 12 Feb 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Shawna Ganley, CCCL Contributor and Former Visiting Scholar With the recent COP19 in Warsaw showing questionable progress towards a universal climate agreement in 2015 ( as reported previously by CCCL ), government procurement represents an uncontroversial... Read More

EPA Releases Study Stressing Economic Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation
Posted on 16 Sep 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report, “ Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action ,” detailing the findings of the EPA’s Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) study, a peer reviewed... Read More

CEC Approves New Operational Plan For 2013-2014
Posted on 24 Jul 2013 by E. Lynn Grayson

Last week the Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) agreed to a new Operational Plan for 2013-2014 that focuses on collaborative actions in three strategic areas to maximize the overall impact: greening transportation, tackling... Read More

LexisNexis® Environmental Law and Climate Change Community Podcast: Marc Karell on 9 Purely Business Reasons to "Green" Your Company
Posted on 26 May 2011 by LexisNexis Legal Business Community Staff

On this edition, Marc Karell, founder and principal of Climate Change & Environmental Services, discusses some purely business reasons for companies to "go green." Mr. Karell discusses strategies ranging from energy efficiency to the development... Read More

Judge Endorses Use of the Social Cost of Carbon in NEPA Analysis
Posted on 9 Sep 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

In 2010, the U.S. government formed an interagency working group of scientific and economic experts to develop an estimate of the social cost of carbon (SCC). The SCC puts a dollar figure on the damages done or damages avoided for possible scenarios resulting... Read More

New U.S. Treasury Paper Builds on Momentum for Public-Private Partnerships to Address Public Infrastructure Shortfalls
Posted on 12 May 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

By Alexander J. Bandza , Associate, Jenner & Block The problem of aging public infrastructure in the U.S. and around the world is well recognized. For example, U.S. businesses pay $27 billion in additional freight costs because of the poor conditions... Read More

State Net Environmental Law News: California, Washington and Oregon Sign Climate Pact
Posted on 4 Nov 2013 by State Net

CA, WA AND OR SIGN CLIMATE PACT: The governors of California, Washington and Oregon signed a pact with the Canadian province of British Columbia last week that commits the four governments to coordinate their policies to battle global climate change.... Read More

Model Protocols for Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment under NEPA and State Equivalents
Posted on 7 Oct 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is releasing a set of model protocols for assessing the impacts of climate change on the built environment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state equivalents. The protocols are intended... Read More

New CCCL Paper- Reverse Environmental Assessment Analysis For The Adaptation Of Projects, Plans And Programs To The Effects Of Climate Change In The EU
Posted on 22 Apr 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Teresa Parejo Navajas, Associate Professor of Law. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), Visiting Scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law (Columbia University) Columbia’s Center for Climate Change Law has published a new white... Read More

Reed Elsevier Provides Global Support for the United Nations World Environment Day
Posted on 5 Jun 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Reed Elsevier is excited to announce its global support for the United Nations World Environment Day which takes place today, Thursday, June 5. This is the most widely-celebrated global day for positive environmental action and this year’s focus... Read More

Council on Environmental Quality Declares That Climate Change is Already Covered in Environmental Impact Review, and No New Regulations Needed
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), signed into law by President Richard Nixon on January 1, 1970, was the first U.S. environmental statute of the modern era. It requires the preparation of environmental impact statements... Read More

The 2012 California Environmental Legislative Recap--The Calm Before the Storm
Posted on 22 May 2013 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Get the latest expert analysis on California's enacted environmental legislation. The article describes recent California legislation addressing climate change, air quality, energy and fuels, water quality and supply, hazardous waste, land use, environmental... Read More

Pope Francis On Environmental Law
Posted on 14 Jul 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The remarkable Encyclical Letter issued last month by Pope Francis could be read as a primer on the importance and idealized operation of many of our environmental laws. The headings below are mine; the text is from the... Read More

Environmental Impact Statements Addressing Resiliency and Adaptation
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Ethan I. Strell, Associate Director & Fellow, Columbia Center for Climate Change Law In a subtle but meaningful shift, the environmental impact review process in New York City is beginning to more systematically consider the potential effects... Read More

World Bank Sells Record $91M of Green Bonds Tied to “Ethical” Companies
Posted on 11 Mar 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson The World Bank sold $91 million in green bonds tied to an index of "ethical" companies – its largest offering of green bonds linked to an equity index and the first offered to individual investors. Green bonds... Read More