The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has refused to produce documents subpoenaed by Congressional Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chair of the House Science Committee, who sought internal NOAA communications relating to a recent climate change study. The study by NOAA scientists, published in Science in June 2015, found that global temperatures have increased faster […]

Justin Gundlach Climate Law Fellow The Supreme Court has turned its attention to the question—really several aspects of the question—of where exactly the Federal Power Act of 1935 draws the jurisdictional line between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state regulators. The Court heard oral argument in one case on point on October 14th, […]

A climate scientist who was the lead signatory on a letter to President Obama, supporting a proposed RICO investigation of some corporate opponents to action on climate change, has himself been threatened with a Congressional investigation by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX).  Rep. Smith – chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology – […]

Guest post by Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College, Columbia University. Stephanie leads the Polar Learning and Responding Climate Change Education Partnership. Last month Arctic sea ice declined to the fourth lowest summer ice extent in the satellite record, continuing the trend in ice loss. To help bring home the impacts of Arctic ice loss, as an […]

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 additions to the Climate Case Chart, Update […]

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