by Romany Webb and Justin Gundlach There has been much talk in recent weeks about pricing carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Earlier this month, a group of former Republican cabinet members proposed adoption of a nationwide carbon price, starting at $40 per ton. That seems unlikely, however. Even the proposal’s main architect, former Secretary […]

The Sabin Center has just published a new survey examining how federal agencies have been implementing the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)’s guidance on climate change and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews. The survey, which was conducted by a team of Columbia undergraduate students as their capstone project for the Sustainable Development program, reviews […]

Last month, we announced the launch of our Climate Deregulation Tracker to monitor efforts undertaken by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate mitigation and adaptation measures. We are pleased to announce that the tracker website has been overhauled since the initial launch to make it easier for users […]

Each month, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP 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 […]

by Justin Gundlach Plans for a third runway at the Vienna-Schwechat airport (pictured at right) were first submitted for review by the government of Lower Austria (one of Austria’s 9 regions) in March 2007. This week, the Lower Austrian government’s approval of those plans was struck down by Austria’s Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) on the […]

Michael Burger and Jessica Wentz Last week, we published a blog entry highlighting some of the fundamental legal problems with President Trump’s Executive Order on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.” As we noted then, the order – which instructs agencies to ensure that the cost of regulations promulgated this year are no greater than […]

by Justin Gundlach A new lawsuit filed by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) seeks to compel access to documents first requested in January 2015 about the industry ties of E. Scott Pruitt (pictured at right), Attorney General of Oklahoma and Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the post of EPA Administrator. Federal and state […]

Forced Migration After Paris COP21: Evaluating the “Climate Change Displacement Coordination Facility” By Phillip Dane Warren, Columbia Law Student and Former Sabin Center Intern Climate change represents, perhaps, the greatest challenge of the twenty-first century. As temperatures and sea levels rise, governments around the world will face massive and unprecedented human displacement that international law […]

Michael Burger and Jessica Wentz On Monday, President Trump issued an executive order directing all agencies to control regulatory costs by: (1) ensuring that the “incremental costs” of all new regulations that are finalized this year, including repealed regulations, are no greater than zero, and (2) identifying two regulations for potential repeal for every new […]

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