Archive for the ‘International’ category

Italian Scientists’ Convictions for Not Predicting Earthquake Reversed In the early hours of April 6, 2009, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck central Italy, with the epicenter near the medieval city of L’Aquila.  The 20-second earthquake left over 300 people dead, over 1,500 injured, and over 65,000 homeless in L’Aquila and 45 surrounding towns. [1] [2] In a […]

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq., Associate Director & Fellow Meredith Wilensky, Esq., 2013-2014 Associate Director & Fellow During the past two days, negotiators have continued to work their way through draft text. When observing negotiations, it quickly becomes clear that the COP has its own distinct vernacular, with commonplace terms taking on new meaning. Here, we […]

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq., Associate Director & Fellow Meredith Wilensky, Esq., 2013-2014 Associate Director & Fellow On Day 3 of COP20, the ADP continued detailed discussions of the draft negotiating text in breakout sessions. The morning sessions addressed portions of the text by topic, including adaptation and finance. Tensions built in the afternoon session surrounding […]

Meredith Wilensky, Esq. 2013-2014 Fellow SCCCL has been on the lookout at the Lima climate negotiations for developments related to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping. The Kyoto Protocol excluded shipping emissions from reductions targets.[1] Instead, the Protocol directed countries to work through the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations’ specialized agency on shipping, […]

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow International negotiators descended on the Pentagonito for Day 2 of COP20 this morning. After yesterday’s opening ceremony and initial events, people seem determined to start working in earnest towards a draft agreement. The day began with a plenary meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the […]

Jennifer Klein, Esq., Associate Director and Fellow Meredith Wilensky, Esq., 2013-2014 Associate Director and Fellow The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference began today in Lima, Peru. The two week event is being held at the Cuartel General del Ejercito del Peru, a military headquarters also known as the “Pentagonito” (the little Pentagon). This morning, […]

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law has released a new white paper addressing state authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from ships. According to international law, all ships must have a nationality and must register with and fly the flag of that state. Flag state jurisdiction refers to a state’s authority to regulate ships […]

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow A family of four was granted residency in New Zealand after arguing that they would suffer the adverse impacts of climate change if deported to their home country of Tuvalu. The New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal, which issued a decision on June 4, 2014, considered the […]

Jennifer M. Klein, Esq. Associate Director & Fellow On Monday the Department of Defense (DOD) issued a report describing its plan to adapt to the impacts of Climate Change. The DOD views climate change as an immediate threat based on its potential to undermine the capacity of military installations and to “intensify the challenges of […]

  Columbia’s Center for Climate Change Law has released a white paper entitled Potential Liability for Climate-Related Measures under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is currently being negotiated by twelve Pacific-rim countries (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam). If negotiations are successful, […]

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