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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

Cap-and-Trade or Carbon Tax?
Posted on 26 Feb 2013 by Robert Goulder

If you saw the SOTU address earlier this month, you heard President Obama renew his plea for a 'market based' solution to our climate change crisis. That comment triggered a heated policy discussion among my environmentalist friends. What does... Read More

Obama To Slash Emissions From Power Plants
Posted on 23 Jun 2014 by Dianne Saxe

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its long awaited proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) emission standards to slash carbon emissions from existing power plants, the largest industrial source of GHG emissions in the US. The rule, if... Read More

Washington Governor Inslee Orders Cap-and-Trade Program
Posted on 12 Jun 2014 by Troutman Sanders

On April 29, 2014, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order outlining a series of “next steps” to reduce carbon pollution within the state, including the creation of a market based carbon pollution cap program and to... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New Report Published on Carbon Offshoring: The Legal and Regulatory Framework for U.S. Coal Exports
Posted on 10 Aug 2011 by Daniel Firger

By Daniel Firger, Associate Director, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, releasing far higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and conventional air pollutants-including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide... Read More

EPA Proposes New and Differing Carbon Emission Limits for Future Natural Gas-Fired and Coal-Fired Power Plants
Posted on 1 Oct 2013 by Gabrielle Sigel

On September 20, 2013, U.S. EPA rescinded its first attempt and proposed new rules to establish New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), i.e. , national emission limits, for carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emitted from new electric power plants. EPA's proposed... Read More

Clean Power Plan Will Spur Innovation and Strengthen the Economy
Posted on 3 Jun 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Yesterday was an important day. At the direction of President Obama and after an unprecedented outreach effort, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time cuts carbon pollution from existing... Read More

New CO2 Performance Standard Proposal for New Electric Generators Issued by EPA
Posted on 31 Oct 2013 by Troutman Sanders

On September 20, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a new proposal to limit carbon dioxide (“CO2”) emissions from new coal-fueled and natural gas-fueled electric generating units. The proposal replaces a proposal... Read More

Is RGGI in New Jersey's and Pennsylvania’s Future?
Posted on 2 Jul 2014 by J. Wylie Donald

By John McAleese . With the release of EPA’s proposed regulation of CO2 from existing sources on June 2, there has been a lot of speculation that states will look to cap-and-trade schemes as a means of complying with EPA’s mandate that... Read More

Clean Power Plan Proposal Includes Incentives For States To Focus On Controversial Nuclear Energy
Posted on 12 Aug 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

There has been a lot of discussion and press around the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan , which is intended to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA proposed this plan on June 2nd under its Clean Air... Read More

Energy Reduction Verification and the UK’s mandatory energy efficiency scheme
Posted on 26 Jul 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

By Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor and Environmental Law Consultant The UK Environment Agency’s CRC Project Executive Andrew Hitchings has confirmed the British Standards Institute’s ‘Kitemark’ scheme for Energy Reduction Verification... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New York City Enacts Three More Recommendations From the Green Codes Task Force
Posted on 4 Jan 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On December 27, 2011, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law three bills that enacted recommendations of the New York City Green Codes Task Force. The bills are... 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

Unique Marine Ecosystems Indicate How Ocean Acidification Will Affect Sea Life
Posted on 27 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

A number of adverse environmental impacts are projected to occur from global warming. Although several atmospherically located substances will drive temperature increases, significant levels of CO2 may acidify the oceans. Ocean acidification is the name... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New Report Published on Carbon Offshoring: The Legal and Regulatory Framework for U.S. Coal Exports
Posted on 10 Aug 2011 by Daniel Firger

By Daniel Firger, Associate Director, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel, releasing far higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and conventional air pollutants-including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide... Read More