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Today the Sabin Center is publishing Heat in US Prisons and Jails: Corrections and the Challenge of Climate Change. This groundbreaking paper, written by visiting scholar Daniel Holt, addresses two important but largely neglected questions: How will increased temperatures and heat waves caused by climate change affect prisons, jails, and their staff and inmate populations? […]

As governments turn a blind eye to the accumulating risks of climate change, do they expose themselves to potential legal liability? A new working paper by former Sabin Center fellow Jennifer Klein explores three possible legal claims against state and local governments for their failure to prepare for climate change. The paper addresses potential claims […]

Grant Glovin, Sabin Center Summer Intern Hillary Clinton’s climate change plan, released last week, centers on two goals: installing 500 million solar panels by 2021, and, relatedly, adding enough electric generation capacity from renewable sources to supply all residential electricity needs. The plan appears ambitious: the solar power expansion alone would represent a sevenfold increase […]

Anna LoPresti Sabin Center Summer Intern On July 9th 2015, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) co-sponsored a panel discussion in conjunction with the Sabin Center and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network on the topic: “A Safe Future for Fossil Fuel Investments in a Carbon-Constrained World?” The panel—featuring Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs and […]

New York, July 21, 2015—Columbia Law School Professor Michael B. Gerrard, director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, has been named Chair of the Faculty of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. The appointment was made by Columbia University Provost John Coatsworth based on a vote of the Earth Institute’s faculty.  Gerrard, who succeeds School of […]

Jessica Wentz Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow On June 30, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a new resolution re-affirming the relationship between climate change and human rights. This resolution builds on three previous UNHRC resolutions (18/22, 7/23, and 10/4) and a 2009 report published by the Office of the High Commissioner for […]

Grant Glovin Sabin Center Summer Intern Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report, “Climate Change in the U.S. – Benefits of Global Action,” detailing the findings of the EPA’s Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) study, a peer reviewed project that seeks to assess climate change risk at a regional and […]

Jessica Wentz Associate Director and Postdoctoral Fellow Climate change and its effects on temperature, precipitation, storm patterns, sea level rise, and other environmental processes have important implications for the construction, maintenance, and operation of buildings and infrastructure. Recognizing this, the Obama Administration has issued several executive orders directing federal agencies to prepare for the impacts […]

The Sabin Center has published a student paper by Mark Bond* which examines the legal and practical consequences of regulating greenhouse gas emissions as hazardous air pollutants under §112 of the Clean Air Act. To download the full paper, click here. This paper poses three questions: 1) Can greenhouse gases be regulated under §112 of […]

By Michael B. Gerrard As members of Congress wisely examine the legal basis for the Clean Power Plan, they should feel confident that the Environmental Protection Agency is acting with a solid constitutional foundation. At a Tuesday hearing of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, two eminent […]

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