Archive for the ‘Climate Disclosures’ category

Jessica Wentz Associate Director and Fellow On November 8, Peabody Energy Corporation, the world’s largest publicly-traded coal company, reached a settlement with the New York Attorney General’s Office (“NYAG”) in which it agreed to revise its financial disclosures to reflect the potential impact of climate change regulations on its future business and cash flow. The […]

On November 4, the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed Exxon Mobil for extensive records, as part of an investigation to determine whether the company lied to the public or investors about the risks of climate change. According to the New York Times, “people with knowledge of the case said the attorney general’s […]

Today, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is releasing a set of model protocols for assessing the impacts of climate change on the built environment under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state equivalents. The protocols are intended for use in environmental reviews of proposed buildings and infrastructure (we plan to initiate a […]

Corporations today face increasing risks from climate change. These risks threaten not only the operations and infrastructure of the corporations, but ultimately their long-term financial soundness as well. For example, as has been noted with respect to the oil and gas industries, refineries often do not have high profit margins because most of the profits […]

by Amanda Liu, CCCL Affiliate* A review of the 2013 disclosures made in annual reports from a sample of Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Top 20 listed entities has shown a lack of comprehensive risk identification and discussion which links climate change risks to business strategy and financial performance. The review found that many of 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 […]

By Allie Bollman, Summer Intern Numerous environmental groups, represented by attorneys from Earthjustice, have filed a lawsuit against the Export-Import Bank over the Bank’s approval of a $90 million loan guarantee in support of Xcoal’s mining, transport, and export of coal without preparing an environmental impact statement.  The lawsuit, filed July 31, argues that the […]

By Yan Gu, Summer Intern and Masters in Climate & Society Student Along with the automobile industry, the aviation industry has recently been more closely concerned with climate change than ever before. On a global scale, however, the soaring number of flights is counteracting the industry’s efforts to increase aircraft energy efficiency. To better understand […]

by Irene Shulman, Intern Climate change has the potential to affect the availability and affordability of insurance across most major insurance categories. Regulation changes, resource cost and availability, and frequency of natural disasters will impact both insurers and policyholders, and thus, are important factors to assess. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted the […]

Four students at Columbia Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic, Julia Christian, Andrew Kirchner, Derek Nelson and Jessica Wentz, have prepared an annotated bibliography compiling recent scholarship on the interaction between global livestock production and climate change.  The bibliography identifies resources that provide a general overview of the subject; addresses scholarship relating to the demand, consumption and production of […]

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