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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

An articulate end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it view from Thomas Friedman
Posted on 10 Jun 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

I am certainly old enough to remember a variety of doomsday scenarios, usually built around decreases in agriculture productivity or population growth (or both). There have also been some modern scholarly papers that posit that things are going to get... 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

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

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

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

New EPA Report: Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action
Posted on 8 Oct 2015 by E. Lynn Grayson

A new EPA report, Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action , estimates the physical and monetary benefits to the U.S. of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. The report summarizes results from the Climate Change Impacts and... Read More

Rating State Hazard Mitigation Plans
Posted on 26 Nov 2013 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

The Columbia Center for Climate Change Law has released a report (and accompanying Excel database ) surveying and ranking all 50 State Hazard Mitigation Plans. The Survey considers to what extent and in what manner climate change related issues are incorporated... Read More

The Pope’s Environmental Economics
Posted on 5 Oct 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home includes a section about the economics of carbon mitigation. Although a small part of the encyclical—one paragraph out of 246—the pope’s economic prescription... Read More

Sabin Center Files Comments on Alaska LNG Project
Posted on 11 Dec 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Justin Gundlach, Climate Law Fellow The Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project is enormous. It is designed to link natural gas drilling operations on the North Slope of Alaska to liquefaction facilities in Nikiski (south of Anchorage) via an... Read More

Climate Change and US Energy Infrastructure
Posted on 24 Jul 2014 by Marc Karell

According to a recent GAO report ( http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/660558.pdf ), US energy infrastructure is increasingly vulnerable to a number of different climate change impact effects, increasing the risk of disruptions of energy critical for US economic... Read More

California Appellate Court Holds that Regional Planning Agency Must Examine the Long-Term Impacts of Its Transportation Plan on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases
Posted on 18 Feb 2015 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By: Daniel P. Selmi*, Visiting Scholar, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and Fritz B. Burns Professor of Law, Loyola Law School In an emphatic opinion, a state appellate court has invalidated the environmental impact report for the first “sustainable... Read More