By Alyssa Kutner, Summer Legal Intern President Barack Obama made an announcement on Wednesday, July 16th introducing a plan to improve the nation’s ability to adapt to climate change through investing in and planning a more climate-resilient infrastructure. Included in the announcement were new programs designed to increase the adaptive flexibility of the country, such […]

By Akiko Shimizu, undergraduate intern Both houses of the New York State legislature have passed the Community Risk Reduction and Resiliency Act, but Governor Cuomo has yet to sign the bill into law. The purpose of the bill is to amend certain New York legislation to reflect greater awareness and preparedness for climate change associated […]

By Jordana Fremed, Undergraduate Intern (Columbia College) Insecure water availability is a source of friction in the Middle East. One solution to adapt to water scarcity in the area is desalination, a process that turns saltwater into potable drinking water. While desalination can cause environmental impacts, the technology has provided additional water resources to a […]

New York, July 24, 2014—David Sive, the 1948 Columbia Law School graduate and pioneering environmental attorney who passed away in March, left a lasting legacy in the field of environmental law, helping set legal precedents that paved the way for preservation in the United States and around the world. Now, Sive’s legacy will live on […]

On July 17, CCCL Fellow Meredith Wilensky presented via Skype to the Second International Sustainable Sea Transport in the Pacific Talanoa in Suva Fiji. This conference addresses transport issues unique to the Pacific islands and aims to bring together key stakeholders to facilitate planning for improving sustainability within the industry. Meredith’s presentation was based on […]

By Diane Jung, Undergraduate Intern On June 19, 2014 both houses of the Rhode Island legislature passed the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, which addresses climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience, and establishes greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets of 10% below 1990 levels by 2020, 45% by 2035, and 85% by 2050. The bill also […]

By Ellii Cho, Summer Legal Intern In 2010, the U.S. government formed an interagency working group of scientific and economic experts to develop an estimate of the social cost of carbon (SCC). The SCC puts a dollar figure on the damages done or damages avoided for possible scenarios resulting in discrete amounts of carbon dioxide […]

By Yeein Lee, Summer Legal Intern Even as President Obama’s commitment to fight climate change has led his Administration to support low-carbon nuclear power,[1] many U.S nuclear power plants are being shut down or slated to shut down, and fewer companies are seeking licenses to build new plants. Although the US is still the world’s largest […]

By Brian Park, Summer Legal Intern On June 11th, 2014, the Oregon Court of Appeals in Chernaik v. Kitzhaber reversed an Oregon trial court’s dismissal of a climate change challenge mounted under the public trust doctrine. The Court of Appeals ruled that the trial court was required to reach the merits of plaintiffs’ contentions that atmospheric […]

Update #64 July 2014 Each month, Arnold & Porter and the Center for Climate Change Law collect and summarize developments in climate-related litigation, which we also add to our U.S. and non-US climate litigation charts. The July additions are listed below. (If you know of any cases we’ve missed, please email us at columbiaclimate at gmail dot com.) FEATURED DECISION […]

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