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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 […]

Payal Nanavati Columbia Law School Class of ‘17 Climate change has already begun to force elements of the electric grid to operate in conditions materially different from those for which they were designed. Persistent high temperatures, heavy or reduced precipitation, extreme weather events, and sea-level rise can all affect grid operations. The state and federal […]

by Justin Gundlach Climate Law Fellow New York City’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is planning to implement a Citywide Ferry Service by adding five new routes to those already run by the East River Ferry. EDC anticipates several benefits from the Citywide Ferry Service: it will link neighborhoods that currently have few transit options, ease […]

by Michael Choi, Summer Intern On July 19th, the Obama Administration announced the commencement of the Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative to “increase access to solar energy and promote energy efficiency across the United States.” The initiative, which creates a partnership between the Departments of Energy (DOE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Agriculture (USDA), […]

by Michael Burger & Jessica Wentz On Tuesday August 2 the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released its much-anticipated Final Guidance to Federal Agencies on the Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews. The final guidance is largely the same as the revised draft guidance issued in 2014: […]

By Michael Burger and Jessica Wentz Last month, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued two decisions upholding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)’s environmental impact analysis for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in Louisiana (No. 14-1249) and Texas (No. 14-1275). In both cases, the court rejected claims that FERC should have considered upstream and […]

by Kai Salem Sabin Center Summer Intern Last month, the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG), whose members represent federal agencies and state and tribal authorities, published an important study: the Draft Interagency Concept for Community Resilience Indicators and National-Level Measures. This report grows out of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) 2011 National Preparedness Goal, […]

Justin Gundlach Climate Law Fellow The International Energy Agency, a respected source of data and insights into energy markets and technologies, has published a report – Energy and Air Pollution – on how the energy sector affects air quality and public health. As the report explains, “[o]ur energy system contributes vitally to economic and social […]

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