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Canadian Government Ends Restrictions on Government Scientists’ Public Communications

On November 4, 2015, Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party was sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada. Less than 48 hours later, the new administration announced it was ending restrictions on federal scientists’ public communications.[1] The previous...

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Sustainable Development and the Brazilian Judge

By Gabriel Wedy, Visiting Scholar, Brazilian Judge, and Law Professor at ESMAFE/RS* The approval of 17 goals and 169 targets for sustainable development by the United Nations Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda is unquestionably an advance...

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Peabody Energy Agrees to Update SEC Filings to Acknowledge Financial Risks of Climate Change Policies

By Jessica Wentz Associate Director and Fellow On November 8, Peabody Energy Corporation, the world’s largest publicly-traded coal company, reached a settlement with the New York Attorney General’s Office (“NYAG”) in which...

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New York State Attorney General Subpoenas Exxon Mobil

On November 4, the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed Exxon Mobil for extensive records, as part of an investigation to determine whether the company lied to the public or investors about the risks of climate change. According...

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Social Dynamics and Climate Change

Last month, the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne hosted an official COP21 side event: Social Dynamics and Climate Change . The conference was commissioned by the French government to provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the social...

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Climate Scientist Threatened with Investigation by Member of Congress for Purported “Partisan Political Activity”

By Lauren Kurtz A climate scientist who was the lead signatory on a letter to President Obama, supporting a proposed RICO investigation of some corporate opponents to action on climate change, has himself been threatened with a Congressional investigation...