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State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: North Carolina Tries To Outlaw Climate Change Data

BUT CAN THEY DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE HUMIDITY? Speaking of North Carolina, who knew the worst thing about global warming is that it might be bad for business? As the Los Angeles Times reports, things started when a Tar Heel State commission reported that ongoing climate change could cause North Carolina's...

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...

Delaware’s Most Vulnerable County Abstains from Vote on Sea Level Rise Mitigation Options

By J. Wylie Donald and Jameson Tweedie, Attorneys, McCarter & English In our continuing our discussion (see here and here ) of the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee ("DSLRAC"), the efforts of the DSLRAC took an ironic - but perhaps predictable - turn when the delegate for the...

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...

Third U.S. National Climate Assessment Released

By Gabrielle Sigel . Last month the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment , titled "Climate Change Impacts in the United States" ("the Assessment"). The Assessment was three years in the making and was based on the work of more...

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...

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...