by Franck Magennis. A major topic under discussion in Doha is the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  In this report, we provide some background on the creation of the fund and an update on relevant discussion in Doha.  The GCF was established by the COP at its sixteenth session, with the aim of maximizing and balancing […]

The Doha talks this week, particularly in the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA), have discussed greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and maritime transport.  In particular, the question is whether these emissions are best addressed within the UNFCCC framework or by the relevant specialist international organizations: the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) […]

by Franck Magennis. On Tuesday, November 27, delegates at UN climate change negotiations in Doha met for the opening sessions of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP).  The Protocol currently commits about 40 developed nations, known as the “Annex I Parties,” to an average five […]

Yesterday, on Monday Nov. 26, the opening plenary for both the 18th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP) and the 8th Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) were held at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha.  The two permanent subsidiary bodies of […]

by Franck Magennis. The 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the UNFCCC and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP8) will take place from Monday, November 26 to Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Qatar National Convention […]

By Stephanie Chuffart, Visiting Fellow. On Nov. 19, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its annual Greenhouse Bulletin on atmospheric concentrations. While atmospheric concentrations of these gases are expected to rise each year, the alarming feature of the report is that it shows that the rate of growth in carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous […]

What Hurricane Sandy Was Not


November 21st, 2012

by Michael Gerrard A great deal has been said about what Hurricane Sandy was. Quite a few superlatives have appropriately been used. But I would like to list six things that Hurricane Sandy was not: 1. Hurricane Sandy was not a worst case event.   It was a Category 1 hurricane when it hit New York. […]

New updates from November to the Center for Climate Change Law and Arnold & Porter Climate Case Chart.  Find the complete chart here. FEATURED DECISION Town of Babylon v. Federal Housing Finance Agency (2d Cir. Oct. 24, 2012):  added to the “NEPA” slide.  A town commenced a lawsuit against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and […]

by Stephanie Chuffart, Visiting Scholar Today, November 12 2012, the 24th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol opens in Geneva. 2012 marks a special anniversary for the Protocol, as it will celebrate a quarter-century in existence. The Montreal Protocol is one of the greatest success stories of international environmental law and has […]

On Nov. 5, 2012, China made a request for consultations with the European Union (EU) through the World Trade Organization (WTO).  In the request, China alleges that certain feed-in tariff schemes in some EU Member States, including Italy and Greece, are inconsistent with the rules of the WTO.  While the details of China’s complaint are […]

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