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State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: Cost of Federal Disaster Relief on Ruinous Rise

SNCJ Spotlight Cost of federal disaster relief on ruinous rise Last October's Superstorm Sandy was the costliest natural disaster in the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. But the $62 billion states in the storm's path reported in losses last year may be a harbinger of the future...

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...

Walking on Eggshell Skulls: Louisiana's Levees Take on the Oil and Gas Industry Over Coastal Land Degradation

Ground zero for climate change and rising sea levels in the United States is not a status to which any state aspires. Florida distastefully remembers 2005 when 4 hurricanes – Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne - roared ashore, all within six weeks. Delaware worries that 8-11% of the state will...

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...

New Center for Climate Change Law Paper: Envisioning Resilient Electrical Infrastructure

by Sam Nierop, Visiting Scholar Only last month, a powerful storm left thousands without access to electricity across Europe.[1] Last year, Hurricane Sandy left more than 8 million people without power in the Northeastern United States.[2] As climate change amplifies the frequency and severity...

Severe Hurricanes and Tropical Storms: Survey of Five Southeast State Utility Commissions Finds Wide Variation in Hardening and Resiliency Requirements

A new paper by Katherine Carey looks at the different actions that state utility commissions in the Southeast have taken to ensure that their electric utilities are prepared for tomorrow’s storms. The Gulf Coast region in the Southeastern United States is at especially high risk of more severe...

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,...