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U.S. Supreme Court finds that statutory law of CAA displaces Federal common law and state tort law on issue of GHG emissions
Posted on 7 Jul 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Several States, a city, and land trusts filed federal common law public nuisance claims against various power companies; they requested that the court set CO2 emission limits. In American Electric Power Co. et al v. Connecticut et al , 2011 U.S. LEXIS... Read More

Environmental Initiatives and the Role of the Green Technology Pilot Program
Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

By Sarah M. Wong, Marquette University Law School The United States has entered a heightened state of environmental awareness. America's history of industrialization and consumerism in the early 1900s resulted in the realization that an increasing... Read More

Penguin decline may turn on presence or absence of krill, not the loss of sea ice per se
Posted on 11 Sep 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Researchers have been following the penguin population off the tip of the West Antarctic Peninsula since the 1970's. Winter air temperatures in the region have climbed a significant 5 to 6 degrees Celsius in recent decades with a concomitant loss... Read More

Acidification of Oceans May Affect the Brains of Fish
Posted on 28 May 2012 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Yesterday's post noted some of the adverse consequences that are likely to arise from acidification of oceans. Another recent study shows that such acidification can influence the behavior of fish because of impacts on their brains; the response of... Read More

Marten Law: Regional Cap-and-Trade Programs Issue Recommendations for Standardizing Offset Programs
Posted on 13 Jul 2010 by Dustin T Till

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC “With the fate of federal climate change legislation uncertain, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), and the Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction... 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

Lakes across the globe are warming up
Posted on 3 Dec 2010 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Throughout the past quarter-century, inland lakes have been experiencing a small, steadily rising nighttime fever. Globally, the average increase has hovered around 0.045 degrees Celsius per year, but in some regions the increase has been more than twice... Read More

Penguin decline may turn on presence or absence of krill, not the loss of sea ice per se
Posted on 11 Sep 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Researchers have been following the penguin population off the tip of the West Antarctic Peninsula since the 1970's. Winter air temperatures in the region have climbed a significant 5 to 6 degrees Celsius in recent decades with a concomitant loss... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court finds that statutory law of CAA displaces Federal common law and state tort law on issue of GHG emissions
Posted on 7 Jul 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Several States, a city, and land trusts filed federal common law public nuisance claims against various power companies; they requested that the court set CO2 emission limits. In American Electric Power Co. et al v. Connecticut et al , 2011 U.S. LEXIS... Read More

Data from crop trials demonstrates threat climate change poses to crops
Posted on 27 Mar 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Serendipity has helped more than a few scientists with insights and discoveries. Researchers were chatting, and realized that data from work one of them was focused upon various crop trials spread across southern and eastern Africa, if correlated with... 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

Waste diversion, odour and climate change
Posted on 16 Aug 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Clare Booth Luce, the famous American playwright, journalist, ambassador, and Congresswoman, used to say, "no good deed goes unpunished". To my regret, this sardonic and rather depressing phrase... 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