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Government agencies are often required to conduct some form of environmental impact assessment (EIA) before approving a major project or proposal. The documents generated during these assessments contain a wealth of information about baseline environmental conditions, impact assessment methodologies, predicted impacts, and environmental mitigation measures. But these documents are often filed away and forgotten after […]

Climate change has important implications for the management and conservation of natural resources. The government agencies responsible for managing these resources have generally recognized that climate change adaptation should be mainstreamed into their planning processes, and yet this topic is still treated as an afterthought in many planning documents. One problem is a lack of […]

As regular readers of this blog know, I am currently attending COP22 – the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – in Marrakech. Joining me are thousands of government officials and third-party observers, mostly from the United Nations, other international organizations, and non-governmental bodies, who […]

The Sabin Center is pleased to announce the launch of our new website at columbiaclimatelaw.com. The site contains many features that will make it easier to navigate our large collection of resources and learn about all aspects of the Center’s work. Some of the key features include: Program areas: We have created landing pages for […]

Jessica Wentz, Staff Attorney and Associate Research Scholar Last week, I attended the Advisory Committee Workshop of the Platform on Disaster Displacement in Geneva. The Platform is the successor to the Nansen Initiative – a state-led global consultative process aimed at identifying effective practices and building consensus on normative standards for the protection of persons […]

The Paris Agreement, which will enter into force on November 4, aims to keep the increase in global average temperatures to well below 2oC above pre-industrial levels. Achieving this goal will require the development of a wide array of new clean energy and other technologies. The deployment of these technologies and their transfer between countries, […]

Last week, the Sabin Center submitted comments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat on the rules and modalities that will govern the new climate finance tool created under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Mechanism (SDM). We urged the UNFCCC to introduce safeguards to ensure that human […]

Last week, Romany Webb joined the Sabin Center as our 2016-2018 Climate Law Fellow. Romany’s work with the Sabin Center will focus on climate change mitigation and explore the use of existing laws to control greenhouse gas emissions. Romany joins us from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where she was a […]

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 litigation charts since […]

In a new working paper, Executive Director Michael Burger presents a “Mitigation-Based Rationale for Incorporating a Climate Change Impacts Fee into the Federal Coal Leasing Program.” The paper makes several key points about the rationale for introducing such a fee, most notably, that the federal government has a duty to mitigate climate impacts from the […]

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