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UNFCCC makes major step towards incentivising wetland restoration
Posted on 18 Jun 2010 by Malcolm Dowden

By Malcolm Dowden, Solicitor and Environmental Law Consultant Despite widespread disappointment at the outcome of last year’s climate change summit in Copenhagen, quiet but significant progress has been made on issues such as reducing emissions... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Polar Bear and Arctic Wolf Buy Votes in Battle For Presidential Election
Posted on 18 Sep 2012 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves a plan by COLORADO officials to improve the state's air quality. Officials say the plan will cut overall greenhouse gas causing emissions 70,000 tons by 2018 (DENVER POST). • FLORIDA... Read More

Sustainability vs. Competitiveness in the EU
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Teresa Parejo Navajas, Associate Professor of Law (Carlos III University, Spain) Visiting Scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law The EU Strategy 2020, adopted in 2010, is about delivering growth for a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy... 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

New Ceres Report Tracks Corporate Sustainability Efforts
Posted on 12 Jun 2014 by E. Lynn Grayson

By E. Lynn Grayson . This report, Gaining Ground - Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability (report), evaluates how well 613 of the largest, publicly traded U.S. companies are integrating sustainability into their business systems... 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

Auto Fuel Economy Rises by 4.3 MPG in the Last Five Years
Posted on 17 Oct 2013 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

According to an October 2013 report completed by the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, entitled “A Comparison of CAFE Standards and Actual CAFE Performance of New Light-Duty Vehicles,” model year 2013 vehicles... Read More

EPA Revises Its Regulatory Agenda, A Flurry of Activity Expected in the Next Few Months
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Jenner & Block Corporate Environmental Lawyer

Last week, the EPA-specific listing on the website of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs was updated with timelines on the EPA’s regulatory efforts. Of potential interest, in chronological order of expected release, are the following... 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

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Illinois Governor Vetoes Plastic Bag Recycling
Posted on 4 Sep 2012 by State Net

ENVIRONMENT: ILLINOIS Gov. Pat Quinn (D) vetoes SB 3442, which would have required plastic bag manufacturers to set up collection and recycling programs and barred local municipalities from establishing their own plans (QUAD-CITY TIMES). • The U... Read More

'Deferral Rule' is Derailed - Biogenic Greenhouse Gas Emitters Stand By to Be Regulated
Posted on 26 Aug 2013 by J. Wylie Donald

The greenhouse gas rule you’ve never heard of, the Deferral Rule, has been shot down (barely) by the D.C. Circuit. See Center for Biological Diversity v. Environmental Protection Agency , No. 11-1101 (D.C. Cir., July 12, 2013), [ enhanced version... Read More

Obama Administration Finalizes Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standards
Posted on 1 Sep 2012 by LexisNexis Environmental Law Community Staff

Consumer Savings Comparable to Lowering Price of Gasoline by $1 Per Gallon by 2025 WASHINGTON, DC - The Obama Administration has finalized groundbreaking standards that will increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 mpg for cars and light-duty... 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

Supreme Court Affirms In Part, Reverses In Part Clean Air Act Ruling
Posted on 23 Jun 2014 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court today reversed in part and affirmed in part a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling as to whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could require companies emitting... Read More

EPA Appears to Have Green Light to Develop Regulations on Utility Power Plant Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Posted on 14 Jul 2014 by Duane Morris LLP

Efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions just cleared a significant hurdle through a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which appears to give the agency a green light to move forward with its development... Read More