By Yan Gu, Summer Intern and Masters in Climate & Society Student Along with the automobile industry, the aviation industry has recently been more closely concerned with climate change than ever before. On a global scale, however, the soaring number of flights is counteracting the industry’s efforts to increase aircraft energy efficiency. To better understand […]

By Ifeoma Anunkor, Summer Legal Intern Carbon pollution harms the economy much more than the federal government previously estimated, according to the Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon. While researchers continue to look for ways to reduce carbon emissions without harming the economy, the new guidance on the social cost of carbon strengthens […]

by Shelley Welton, Fellow Although President Obama’s climate change speech on Tuesday, June 25 was relatively vague about the details of how carbon emissions from existing power plants would be regulated, the memorandum he issued to the EPA on that same day provides a few more interesting details.

by CCCL Intern Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act just two months before Sandy scoured the northeast, and “requires rates to rise 25 percent annually on some repeatedly flooded houses, second homes and businesses,” and on properties where the costs imposed by past floods exceed the property’s selling price.  The bill was a […]

by Fiona Kinniburgh On June 10th, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a World Energy Outlook Special Report, “Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map” in which they seek to bring climate change back to the forefront of policy agendas worldwide.  The report proposes specific changes within the energy sector necessary to achieve emission levels that would “keep […]

by Yan Gu The White House released a briefing on June 8 stating that the U.S. and China have agreed upon a joint effort to control the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons. Commonly known as HFCs, the chemicals are used as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons and halons in refrigerators and air […]

by Xiaotang Wang CCCL has posted a new working paper by Xiaotang Wang that examines China’s emerging carbon emissions trading program. As a part of the effort to curb its soaring carbon emissions and realize “green growth,” China officially approved pilot carbon emissions trading schemes in seven provinces and cities in November of 2011. These […]

Teresa Parejo Professor of Law Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain) Spain has recently adopted a potentially promising reform to its coastal law to update it in response to climate change threats. However, a close read suggests that the reform contains contradictions that illuminate a less-public minded purpose behind the Law. The Law 2/2013, of […]

by Reeva Dua On June 11, 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a 422 page report, titled “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” that analyzes climate change risks to New York City and recommends adaptive strategies for fifteen critical infrastructure areas and several particularly vulnerable neighborhoods.  A press conference was held in the symbolic “Can Do” […]

Following a Monday, June 10 meeting in a state proceeding considering Con Edison’s plans to spend a proposed $2 billion to update the electricity system in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, CCCL and several other environmental groups have issued a joint press release that highlights our suggestions for how to invest the money thoughtfully and […]

LexisNexis Environmental Law and Climate Change Community 2011 Top 50 Blogs


This blog provides a forum for legal and policy analysis on a variety of climate-related issues. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the individual authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Center for Climate Change Law.

Climate Law Links



Academic Calendar  |  Resources for Employers  |  Campus Map & Directory  |  Columbia University  |  Jobs at Columbia  |  Contact Us

© Copyright 2009, Columbia Law School. For questions or comments, please contact the webmaster.