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Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Mississippi Supreme Court Reverses Approval for Lignite Plant with Carbon Capture and Storage

By Danielle Sugarman, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School On March 15, 2012, the Supreme Court of Mississippi handed down its decision in Sierra Club v. Mississippi Public Service Commission and Mississippi Power Company, Inc ., 2012 Miss. LEXIS 148 (Miss. Mar. 15, 2012) . In...

Most Trees, No Matter Type or Where Located, Are Always Close to Thirsty Death

Sometimes a piece of research changes the way one looks at ecosystems. Evaporation from tiny pores in the leaves of trees pulls water up from the roots through thousands of slim tubes, called xylem tissue. When water is scarce, these tubes can develop microscopic air bubbles which block these tubes...

EPA Excludes Carbon Dioxide Waste Streams from RCRA - A (Very Small) Step Forward for CCS

By J. Wylie Donald The Congress may be dysfunctional but the administrative agencies are still moving the ball. A case in point is last month's Christmas present from EPA to the carbon capture and storage community. On December 17 EPA issued its final rule , Hazardous Waste Management System...