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National Round Table on Environment and Economy (NTREE): Who Understands Climate Risks?

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer In its Advisory Report - Facing the Elements: Building Business Resilience in a Changing Climate , the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy provides a fascinating insight into the way different business sectors perceive, and disclose...

The Top 6 at 12: Highlights of the Top Climate Change Legal Stories in the Second Half of 2013

by J. Wylie Donald 2013 has drawn to a close; here is our take on the top six climate change legal stories in the last six months. 1. Climate Change Assessments - Blockbuster legislation may have been evaded once more but that has not stopped those in the trenches. Assessments of climate change...

Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014 Sets 85% Carbon Emissions Reduction Goal by 2050, Strongest In the United States

The Rhode Island legislature has passed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], which addresses climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience, and establishes greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets of 10% below 1990 levels by 2020, 45% by...

Companies Leading the Charge on Carbon Pricing

By Steven M. Siros While it is unlikely that the 113th Congress will take any action on climate change (especially not in advance of the November 2014 elections), many major public companies aren't waiting for Congressional action and are instead proactively beginning to factor internal carbon...

EPA Comments Suggest Emphasis On Creativity And Internalizing Externalities In Climate Strategy

By Jameson Tweedie The American Bar Association's Section of Energy, Environment and Resources held its Fall Conference recently. Noteworthy from a climate perspective were the keynote address by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, along with comments by other officials...

Four Big Ideas on Climate Change

By Paula Boutis The UN climate convention conference that wrapped up in December in Lima was meant to deliver a draft for a new universal climate agreement to be inked in Paris, France in 2015 and to come into effect in 2020. Before the meeting, hopes were officially high: All eyes will now...

Meeting China’s Climate Goals: An Expert Discussion

The Sabin Center and the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) recently co-hosted a panel discussion on Meeting China’s Climate Goals . The event was convened to discuss how China can shift its economy away from coal-fired power generation, improve energy efficiency, and increase the share of low...

Petition to Philippines Human Rights Commission Seeks Investigation into “Carbon Majors” for Human Rights Violations

Greenpeace Southeast Asia and the Philippine Reconstruction Movement have filed a Petition with the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights (CHR or Commission) on behalf of 13 organizations and 20 individuals. The Petition makes several allegations and requests. At its core is a claim that 50 of...

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 and institutional changes that will be needed to...