Nathan Utterback Sabin Center Summer Intern Last month marked an important development in the UN’s process of identifying climate change goals and establishing an action plan for the near future. Committees of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met from June 1 through June 11 in Bonn, Germany to discuss implementation goals leading […]

Daniela Lapidous Sabin Center Summer Intern One year ago, eight young climate activists (ranging from 9 to 14 years old) petitioned Washington State’s Department of Ecology (“the Department”) to adopt and implement stricter greenhouse gas emissions regulations based on the most current and best available climate science. When the Department denied the petition last August, […]

Jonathan Allen Sabin Center Summer Intern The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has a simple message: there are still bushels of low hanging fruit to be plucked for states looking to lower their carbon emissions. A 27% reduction in the U.S. power sector emissions rate is possible by implementing three well understood energy […]

Arijit Sen, Sabin Center Summer Intern Recently, two competing plans to reform California’s four-tier electricity rate structure of the three investor-owned utilities (IOUs)[1] have emerged from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). On April 21, 2015, CPUC administrative law judges (ALJs) McKinney and Halligan filed a proposal that suggests implementing a two-tiered system, with a […]

Matt Sienkiewicz, recent graduate of Columbia Law School. Flooding is the most common and costly form of nature’s wrath, and its costs are likely to rise as the climate changes and sea levels rise. The federal government has attempted to address flooding through an insurance program aimed at effectively providing relief to those whose property is damaged […]

Each month, Arnold & Porter and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law collect and summarize developments in climate-related litigation, which we also add to our U.S. and non-U.S. climate litigation charts.  If you know of any cases we have missed, please email us at columbiaclimate at gmail dot com. Here are the latest additions to the Climate Case Chart […]

Dane Warren and Nathan Utterback Sabin Center Summer Interns and Rising 2Ls at Columbia Law School On June 30, 2015, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held a special meeting on the topic “The Role of Climate Change as a Threat Multiplier for Social Security.” Convened at UN headquarters in New York by the Spanish and […]

New York, July 2, 2015—The U.N. Security Council could take action to help the world prepare for and cope with future mass displacement caused by climate change, Columbia Law School Professor Michael B. Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law told the international body in a June 30 presentation. Climate change-related sea […]

Dane Warren Sabin Center Summer Intern & Rising 2L at Columbia Law School On Thursday, June 25, the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) withstood another Supreme Court challenge in King v. Burwell. The case focused on a question of statutory interpretation to determine whether those who purchased insurance through federal exchange programs (instead […]

Bri Cornish Sabin Center Summer Intern & Rising 2L at Columbia Law School On Monday, June 8th, leaders from small island nations around the South Pacific issued the “People’s Declaration for Climate Justice.” The declaration unites the island nations, which are particularly vulnerable to the calamitous impacts of climate change, against large international companies emitting greenhouse gases, […]

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