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New Climate Change Data Available

The World Resource Institute (WRI) has launched an online initiative to make global greenhouse gas emissions data more accessible and easier to understand. The free, online portal, referred to as Climate Analysis Indicators Tool or CAIT 2.0, provides data on GHG emissions from 186 countries and all 50...

Obama's Climate Plan Won't Work for Power Plants, Which Could Be Bad News for the Transportation Sector

President Obama’s Climate Plan – which was released earlier this summer – sets as its goal a 17% national greenhouse gas reduction by 2020. The centerpiece of Obama’s plan is to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants, which comprise about a third...

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Australians React Strongly To the Abolition of the Climate Commission

By Stéphanie Chuffart, Visiting Fellow On September, 19, 2013, Australia’s Climate Commission -a body established to provide independent information about climate science – was abolished by the Government of the newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Abbott Government...

Members Of Congress Aim To Restrict EPA’s Ability To Set Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards For Fossil Fuel Power Plants

On October 28 th , Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Republican House Representative Ed Whitfield (Ky.) released a discussion draft bill intended to limit the EPA’s ability to set greenhouse gas emission standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants. The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee...

The EU ETS’s Most Recent Challenges

Teresa Parejo, Associate Professor of Law (Carlos III University), Visiting Scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law The EU ETS (European Union Emissions Trading System), the most important EU tool to fight against climate change, is now facing two challenges of great significance: 1. In...

OMB Seeks Public Comment On Social Cost of Carbon

By E. Lynn Grayson The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on the Technical Support Document entitled Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis Under Executive Order 12866 . The Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is used to estimate the value to society...

New CCCL Paper– Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Shipping: Powers of Pacific Island States

Columbia’s Center for Climate Change Law has published a new white paper analyzing state authority to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the international shipping sector. International shipping is responsible for roughly the same percentage of global emissions as aviation – at...

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Methane Emissions from Oil and Natural Gas Production and Use – How Accurate are the Estimates?

During a recent Environmental Law Institute teleconference, the climate change director of the US EPA’s air office cautioned that a better understanding is needed before drawing any conclusions from the top down or atmospheric sampling that was done to determine the level of methane emissions from...

Top 6 at 6: Highlights of the Top Climate Change Legal Stories in the First Half of 2014

Our semi-annual look at the top climate change legal stories is keyed on EPA. You hardly have to have been awake to be aware of the Clean Power Plan and UARG v. EPA , [lexis.com subscribers may access Supreme Court briefs and the opinion for this case]. But other things have stirred the pot as well:...

Minister Receptive to Commissioner’s Climate Report

Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner has issued his annual Climate Change report , as usual scolding the provincial government for its inaction on both mitigation and adaptation. But this year, the report got an unusual reception: the new Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray...

Should Energy Board Consider Climate Before Approving Pipelines?

By Meredith James Can, and should, the National Energy Board consider climate impacts before approving oil pipelines? The federal government says no, objectors say yes. Now the courts must decide. The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion would increase the capacity of the current 1,150 km pipeline...

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...

UN Climate Summit 2014

By E. Lynn Grayson Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is hosting the Climate Summit 2014 at UN headquarters in NYC. The purpose of the Summit is to engage leaders and advance climate action. The UN's ultimate objective is to rally international support for an ambitious global agreement by 2015 that...

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...

Lynn Grayson Comments on U.S. Climate Change Actions

A European Union publication Interfax recently published an article titled China and US Will Make or Break Climate Deal by Annemarie Botzki. The article discusses the stance of countries around the world on climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and what is likely to happen at the upcoming...

White House Launches Clean Energy Investment Initiative

Last month, the White House announced a Clean Energy Investment Initiative in an effort to spur $2 billion in private sector investments aimed at addressing climate change and reductions in carbon pollution. The Department of Energy will look for ways to partner with private investors to pursue clean...

Sabin Center Publishes Comprehensive Assessment of Non-U.S. Climate Litigation

The first comprehensive survey ever conducted of climate change litigation outside the United States has been released by Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. It finds that there is far more climate litigation in the United States than in the rest of the world combined, and...

State Net Climate Change News: California, Hawaii Lead Way on Climate Change Targets

Prodded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and led by California and Hawaii, states are tackling climate change and promoting renewable energy. But the fossil fuel industry and skeptical Republicans are pushing back. Hawaii last month became the first state to establish a goal of relying...

IEA Proposes “Bridging Strategy” to Achieve Global Peak in Energy-Related GHG Emissions By 2020

The International Energy Agency (IEA- an autonomous organization which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond) has issued a special report entitled “Energy and Climate Change” which proposes a “bridging strategy” that could...

Obama’s Clean Power Plan: “There is such a thing as being too late”

In a passionate announcement last month (it’s worth watching ), President Barak Obama unveiled the United States’ plan for doing its part to combat climate change: the Clean Power Plan (the “Plan”). The Plan sets out to reduce greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions from...

The Dutch Climate Case: Beginning of a New Era of Climate Litigation?

In a worldwide first, the Hague District Court has ordered the Dutch government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by at least 25% compared to 1990 levels by the end of 2020. The decision, an English translation of which can be found here , has been widely reported and discussed (including in...

PA Climate Impacts Assessment Update

In 2008, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (Act 70), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this Act: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], which directed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to conduct a study of the potential impacts...