by Cullen Howe & Danielle Sugarman Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law (CCCL) has prepared a first draft of a model municipal wind siting ordinance (PDF).  The model ordinance presents a framework for the adoption, implementation and enforcement of standards to promote effective and efficient use of wind energy resources.  We began by […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director One result of the 2010 midterm elections was the replacement of several climate-receptive state governors with more skeptical administrations in governor mansions around the country.  As a result, the continuation of many state and regional climate activities has been thrown into question.  Nowhere is that dynamic more evident than in […]

Daniel Firger Associate Director This article first appeared in The Huffington Post It’s not yet February and the biggest climate change story of the year may already be written. The story is simple enough–as the U.S. drags its heels on clean energy, China marches ahead. China’s leaders may be concerned less by global warming itself […]

By Julia Ciardullo Fellow On December 29, 2010, Massachusetts released its Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020, which sets out an ambitious state-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target and lays out a framework for how the state will achieve that target. The Plan was released in compliance with the state’s Global Warming Solutions […]

Daniel Firger Associate Director The Supreme Court on January 10 issued an order denying plaintiffs’ petition for mandamus in Comer v. Murphy Oil, a closely-watched case arising out of damage to Gulf Coast properties as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The order, issued with no comment by the Court, marks the end of a highly […]

By Julia Ciardullo Fellow On December 31, 2010, the New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force released its final report on the impacts of sea level rise on the state’s coastlines, which includes 14 specific recommendations aimed to address these impacts.   The Task Force recommendations include a variety of executive-branch and legislative actions.  Most […]

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