State and municipal governments have many legal tools at their disposal to relocate vulnerable communities away from risky coasts, according to a new study released by the Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law. Tuesday, October 29, marked the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and its devastation of the east coast.  Over the past […]

The Center for Climate Change Law has released a white paper tracking China’s policies and laws on carbon   capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). China has the world’s largest coal reserves and has been zealous in using its coal to drive rapid economic development in recent decades, leading it to account for half of all global […]

Meredith Wilensky, Associate Director & Fellow Columbia Center for Climate Change Law On October 15, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in response to six petitions requesting review of EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases. This post will address some basic questions to clarify the scope of the question accepted for review and the implications and potential […]

by Shelley Welton, Deputy Director On Thursday, October 17, 2013, California adopted a policy requiring its utilities to procure a total of over 1300 MW of energy storage capacity by 2020.  The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved this mandate over the objections of many in the utility industry who argued that the requirements will […]

Ethan I. Strell, Associate Director & Fellow Columbia Center for Climate Change Law In a subtle but meaningful shift, the environmental impact review process in New York City is beginning to more systematically consider the potential effects of a changing climate on proposed projects, not just the effects that a project might have on the […]

By Stéphanie Chuffart, Visiting Fellow On September, 19, 2013, Australia’s Climate Commission -a body established to provide independent information about climate science – was abolished by the Government of the newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The Abbott Government also abolished the federal department and minister that were dedicated to climate change, reincorporating them into […]

Teresa Parejo Visiting Scholar at the CCCL Associate Professor of Law at Carlos III University (Madrid, Spain) The EU has a clear framework for its climate policy until the year 2020, based on the 20-20-20 targets (20% reduction of GHG emissions from 1990 levels; raising the share of the EU energy consumption produced from renewable […]

by Fiona Kinniburgh In 2011, France became the first country to ban hydraulic fracturing. Yet controversy over shale gas exploitation there has hardly subsided. Instead, industry pressure has ignited a new legal challenge over the 2011 ban, which natural gas producers allege violates the French constitution. As a consequence of the law, several companies’ permits […]

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