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Challenges to EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rules: What If They Succeed?
Posted on 13 Nov 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Michael B. Gerrard The Clean Power Plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June is the centerpiece of the Obama Administration’s efforts to fight climate change. Coal-fired power plants are by far the largest source of greenhouse... Read More

Marten Law: Responding to Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Three Questions for Companies in the Oil and Gas Industry
Posted on 17 Jun 2010 by Russell Prugh

By Russell Prugh, Associate, Marten Law PLLC “The effects of coming greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation will be felt across a broad spectrum of the oil and gas industry. Exploration, development, production, refining, and transportation face restrictions... Read More

Marten Law: EPA Releases Additional Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Rules for Three Industry Sectors
Posted on 4 May 2010 by Russell Prugh

By Russell Prugh, Marten Law PLLC "On March 22, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed regulations for mandatory monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in three sectors: oil and natural gas production... Read More

Aerosols reactions can impact global warming assessment, yet they are often not a significant factor in models
Posted on 10 Mar 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Some so-called greenhouse gases trap heat and boost the planet's surface temperature, which keeps the Earth habitable. Past climatic events have shown that temperatures can move into ranges that would be harmful to current biota, including humans... Read More

DOE Identifies Possible Carbon Sequestration Storage Sites
Posted on 3 May 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On May 1, 2012, the Department of Energy released the North American Storage Atlas that maps the potential carbon dioxide storage capacity in North America. According to the Atlas , there is at least... Read More

Because some ships may be less carbon intensive than others, customers can influence emissions
Posted on 16 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

"If the shipping industry were a country, it would be the sixth-biggest industrial carbon emitter in the world. Whereas big countries have plans for cutting emissions, shipping does not. The UN climate talks in Cancún are unlikely to change... Read More

COP15 will not change climate change reporting requirements for companies
Posted on 28 Apr 2010 by Colleen Theron

By Colleen Theron, Environmental solicitor and consultant. Despite the inconclusive outcome of COP15 and the significant issues facing countries in the coming year to implement a legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), a... Read More

Natural gas development poses a risk of enhancing GHG emissions due to "leakage", note new studies
Posted on 11 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Several prior posts have noted the greenhouse impact of methane (aka natural gas); it has many times the warming effect as carbon dioxide (CO2), which seems to be the focus of so much discussion about global warming. The posts have focused on the numerous... 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