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Climate Crisis: Insurers Tell Weather Like It Is

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer The Canadian federal government does not like to talk about climate change, so the Insurance Bureau of Canada has released a hard hitting report on the damage that climate change is already causing in Canada: Telling the Weather Story: Can Canada Manage...

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Study of Environmental Impact Statements Reveals Varying Treatment of Climate Change Impacts

By Patrick Woolsey, Columbia Law School, Center for Climate Change Law, Intern Federal agencies have begun to incorporate consideration of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions into the environmental impact statements (EISs) which they are required to produce under the National Environmental...

Jenner & Block: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Federal Common Law Nuisance Claim for Global Warming

By Keri L. Holleb Hotaling, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP On September 21, 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp. et al. , 9th Cir., No. 09-17490, ruled that the Alaska town of Kivalina could not sue energy companies under a federal common law...

Climate Change Burns While Governments Fiddle

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Everywhere I look, I see galloping evidence of climate change. Last weekend, southern Ontario watched ski trails and ice rinks melt under the onslaught of record high temperatures and heavy rain. Spring perennials and bulbs were blooming in Toronto gardens...

Fifth Circuit Knocks Out Climate Change Liability Lawsuit Again

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, McCarter & English Res judicata is one of those phrases learned in law school that seemed of limited utility. How often is someone going to bring the same claim twice? Callow law students know little of the world. The doctrine is frequently needed and, as was learned...

Jenner & Block: More Insights On Obama’s Climate Change Plan

Since President Obama's speech at Georgetown, there has been tremendous response and reaction to his proposed plan to address climate change. As to be expected, some support President Obama's proposals while others do not. The threefold approach includes: 1) reducing U.S. carbon pollution; 2...

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...

Troutman Sanders LLP: The President’s Climate Action Plan and the Electricity Industry

By Todd R. Coles , Peter S. Glaser , Bonnie A. Suchman President Obama released a sweeping climate plan (Plan) on June 25, 2013, using his authority to both address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to prepare for the impacts of climate change. The plan , which consists of a wide variety of executive...

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...

2015 Paris Climate Change Accord

By: E. Lynn Grayson The U.S. was the first nation to submit its recommended outline of the global accord to be adopted at the Paris climate conference. The 2015 agreement will have to bring together the current patchwork of binding and non-binding arrangements under the UN climate convention and...

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...

The Minamata Convention and the Paris Climate Agreement: Insights into Senate-Less Adoption

In 2011, governments around the world committed to deliver a new, universal, and binding greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction agreement for the period beyond 2020 by 2015. This agreement is to be adopted this December at the twenty-first Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention...

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...

Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Shows Increase Since Prior Year and Since 1990

By Gabrielle Sigel As it has since 1994, on April 15 of this year, U.S. EPA published its annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. The Inventory tracks greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions from man-made sources, by year, starting in 1990. The Inventory began as part of...

Oslo Principles on Climate Change: Governments are Breaching Legal Duties

By Jennifer Kalnins Temple A group of preeminent international jurists have put together a series of legal principles, called the Oslo Principles on Global Obligations to Reduce Climate Change . These principles demonstrate that the governments of the world are breaching their legal duties to their...

Lawsuit Seeks To Force Belgian Government To Take Action Against Climate Change

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow A group of Belgian citizens initiated a lawsuit in April seeking to compel their government to take aggressive action against climate change. The group, Klimaatzaak, filed a summons in the court of first instance in Brussels, alleging that...

Dutch Court Orders National GHG Reductions

By Michael B. Gerrard This morning the Hague District Court issued its decision in a lawsuit brought by the Urgenda Foundation against the State of the Netherlands. The court ordered the Dutch state to limit annual greenhouse gas emissions from the country to 25% below 1990 levels by 2020. The...

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...

Federal Agencies Acknowledge the Importance of Preparing Infrastructure for Climate Change But Rarely Act on Climate Projections

Jessica Wentz Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow Although it has become more common for agencies in preparing environmental impact statements (EISs) to acknowledge the impacts of climate change on a project and its affected environment, it is still quite rare for agencies to accurately...

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...

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 it agreed to revise its financial disclosures to...