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2001-2010, A Decade of Climate Extremes

The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than in any previous...

Your Uninsurable Home? What is Climate Change’s Wild Weather Doing to Insurance?

Across Canada, this year has brought severe storms, floods, wildfires and other catastrophic weather. As people in Calgary, Toronto and other hard hit areas try to rebuild their lives, most of them expect that someone should help them pay for the damage. Oil-rich Alberta has promised $1 billion to support...

In Issuing Executive Order No. 41, Governor Markell Rejects Any Need to Choose Between Mitigating Climate Change and Supporting Economic Growth

by Mike Kelly & Jameson Tweedie Last month, Delaware Governor Jack Markell issued Executive Order No. 41 , “Preparing Delaware for Emerging Climate Impacts and Seizing Economic Opportunities from Reducing Emissions.” In many climate change discussions there exists an implied...

Remembrance and Gratitude

We Remember This is a day for remembrance and gratitude. We, who live here in Canada, are among the luckiest people in the world, despite the follies and flaws of some of our leaders and governments. From my family’s experience, both in the Holocaust and now, I am acutely aware that peace...

Carbon Disclosure Project Report Provides Real Examples that Illustrate the Expensive Impact of Climate Change on Major Corporations

By Alexander Bandza, Associate, Jenner & Block The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has released a report that updates its survey on how S&P 500 companies assess physical risks from climate change. Reported risks affect companies in all economic sectors and include damage to facilities,...

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:...

The New Bucket List: NOAA’s Top Sites for Increased Nuisance Flooding

"Seawater on the streets.” One immediately knows that, notwithstanding the alliterative allure, something is not right. And when one is in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Alex Haley Scuplture Group is literally reading in the waves, it is plain disconcerting. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Governor Cuomo’s Signature Needed to Pass New York Climate Adaptation Bill

Both houses of the New York State legislature have passed the Community Risk Reduction and Resiliency Act, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], but Governor Cuomo has yet to sign the bill into law. The purpose of the bill is to amend certain New York legislation to reflect greater...

FERC Directs LNG Facility Applicant To Disclose Climate Change Impacts, As Urged By Sabin Center

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently directed a company seeking to build a natural gas facility to submit information regarding potential climate change impacts on the...

Threat Of Sea Level Rise In Southeast Florida Calls For Immediate Adaptive Action, Task Force Urges County

By Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Sea level rise is an “inevitable consequence” of global warming and requires innovative capital planning, according to a new Report by the Miami-Dade Sea Level Rise Task Force. The Task Force...

Government Officials’ Liability After Extreme Weather Events: Recent Developments in Domestic and International Case Law

Jessica Anne Wentz Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow Sabin Center for Climate Change Law In the early morning of February 28, 2010, storm Xynthia hit the French Atlantic coast, overwhelming coastal defenses and flooding over 50,000 hectares of land. The storm caused over one billion euros...

Floods in Texas, Flood Mapping, Flood Dollars

By J. Wylie Donald Floods on the Rio Blanco recently demonstrate the link to climate change, but not in the way you think. It was a horrible Memorial Day weekend in Hays County, Texas. At least three people died from the worst flooding seen since 1922. The Rio Blanco crested at 43 feet, 30 feet...

Houston Flooding and Lawyers - A Climate Change Informed View

By J. Wylie Donald "After a natural disaster, such as a hurricane, litigation often follows to determine who will pay for the consequences." Mariner Energy, Inc. v. Devon Energy Prod. Co ., 690 F. Supp. 2d 558 (S.D. Tex. 2010) (considering contractual responsibility for property damage...

Lahore High Court Orders Pakistan to Act on Climate Change

Ashgar Leghari, a farmer from Pakistan, sued the national government for failure to carry out the 2012 National Climate Policy and Framework. The Lahore High Court ruled that “Climate Change is a defining challenge of our time and has led to dramatic alterations in our planet’s climate system...