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By Romany Webb The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is set to begin next Monday, November 6, in the city of Bonn in western Germany. The COP will bring together representatives of 194 countries for two weeks of talks on advancing the 2015 Paris […]

By Michael Burger Earlier this week EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a directive that prohibits scientists from serving on the EPA’s independent scientific advisory committees if they are currently a principal investigator or co-investigator on a research project that receives grant funding from the agency, or “if they are otherwise in a position to reap […]

The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law is now accepting applications for a two-year fellowship to commence on September 1, 2018. The fellow will work on a wide variety of research and writing projects concerning climate change; contribute to advocacy-oriented programs and projects; and help organize conferences and seminars. Applicants must have received a J.D., […]

By The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law The onslaught of Hurricane Harvey has provoked a widespread reckoning with the foreseeability of such extreme events in the age of climate change, and with how institutionalized shortfalls in preparedness have contributed to the unfolding disaster. Flooding from Harvey’s tremendous rainfall has led to direct impacts on […]

By Michael B. Gerrard Donald Trump’s operating principles as relates to environmental regulation are: Regulations kill jobs; they are all costs, no benefits; we should do away with as many as we can. The U.S. should strive for “energy dominance” in the world, trying to follow the lead of those two countries he admires so […]

By Claudia Fernandez (2017 Summer Intern) Last week, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law staff and interns toured the Javits Center’s 6.5-acre green roof (shown left), which was installed in 2013 as part of a $463 million renovation. The second-largest green infrastructure project in the U.S., the roof was intended to make the Javits Center […]

By Romany Webb There has been much talk in recent weeks about the regulation of methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Environmentalists and others have come out in force against the Trump Administration’s rollback of Obama-era methane regulations, arguing that retention of the regulations is vital to ensure oil and gas operations are conducted […]

By Jessica Wentz On June 23 the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights issued a statement recognizing that the failure to take adequate action on climate change may rise to a violation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The Committee, a body of independent experts that monitors […]

By Rosette Zarzar and Romany Webb On Friday June 9, Representatives Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) proposed a bipartisan bill, aimed at supporting the development of new technologies to address natural gas pipeline leaks. The bill would provide $225 million for research on leak control technologies to, in the words of Rep. Veasey, […]

By Michael Burger and Nadra Rahman Last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted an interim report on his review of national monuments designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906, focusing in particular on the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which President Obama established on December 28, 2016. This week, Zinke has […]

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