Federal Court Limits State Authority to Deny Interstate Transmission Projects

The Fifth National Climate Assessment recently concluded that, to meet national and international climate targets, United States net greenhouse gas emissions will need to decline by over 6% per year and reach net zero by roughly 2050. In order to achieve this target, the United States will need to greatly […]

DOE Proposes to Expand the Fast-Track Lane for Certain Clean Energy Projects–But Excludes Wind

On November 16, 2023, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a proposed rule to expedite the environmental review process for certain renewable energy infrastructure projects through the use of categorical exclusions. DOE’s proposal would apply to: (1) installing, operating, modifying, or decommissioning solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on buildings or other […]

An Opportunity to Strengthen Climate Risk Management in the Derivatives Market

This piece previously appeared in EDF’s Climate 411 Blog.  Disasters that are fueled by climate change, like fires, floods, and hurricanes, increasingly pose risks to the U.S. financial system, including the derivatives market. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regulates the derivatives market and is now considering updates to […]

Sabin Center Publishes Report on Climate Litigation in 2023

Today, the Sabin Center published an end-of-year report on the state of climate change litigation in 2023. The report, titled Climate Change in the Courts: A 2023 Thematic Retrospective, examines key cases and rulings that have shaped the legal discourse on climate change in 2023 or that are poised to […]

A Comparative Analysis of the SEC’s Climate Disclosure Proposal

This piece previously appeared in the CLS Blue Sky Blog. In the global effort to protect the earth’s climate, the pace of regulation is rivaled only by the speed of technological innovation. What seemed improbable just a few years ago – requiring large companies to measure and report annual greenhouse […]

Litigating Enforcement: Germany’s Contested Climate Governance and the New Wave of Climate Litigation

Climate litigation in Germany has achieved another major victory. On November 30, 2023, the Higher Administrative Court Berlin-Brandenburg ruled in DUH and BUND v. Germany that the federal government must adopt an immediate action program (‘Sofortprogramm’) under the Federal Climate Change Act (CCA). The program is intended to ensure compliance […]