Posts tagged ‘International’

By Yumeno Grace Nishikawa, LLM* The Supreme Court of Japan may soon weigh in on a growing field of climate litigation in Japan against coal-fired power plants. On May 6, 2022, the Citizens’ Committee on the Kobe Coal-Fired Power Plant filed an appeal to Japan’s Supreme Court in Citizens’ Committee on the Kobe Coal-Fired Power […]

By Michael Babakitis, Legal Intern An eight-year study conducted by a team of international scientists has identified a potential new weapon in the ongoing battle against climate change. The scientists determined that, by adding iron to the ocean, they could induce a massive algal bloom. This algal bloom then proceeds to suck up CO2 from […]

by Shelley Welton Deputy Director & Fellow Despite mounting international opposition, EU leaders have remained resolute in their intentions to include international airlines in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme beginning in January 2012. The EU plans to begin requiring all flights taking off from or landing at EU airports to surrender emissions allowances equal to […]

by Shelley Welton Deputy Director Just as the Kyoto Protocol is near a moment of crisis (the Protocol’s first commitment period is set to expire in 2012 unless the parties reach an agreement to extend it at the upcoming Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, this November-December), the future of the Clean Development […]

by Ross Wolfarth JD Candidate, 2012 On July 27, 2011, the House Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Aviation held a contentious hearing on the European Union’s plan to incorporate aviation into its CO2 cap-and-trade plan, known as the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). Beginning in 2012, the EU will require airlines to hold carbon emissions allowances for […]

Gregory E. Wannier Deputy Director [Reposted with permission from China Dialogue: available at] In December 2008, a series of swells coinciding with seasonal high (“king”) tide engulfed the island atoll of Majuro, capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. These waves washed out roads and low-lying […]

by Narayan Subramanian Legal Intern, Center for Climate Change Law In the last few years, private companies in Australia have been increasingly scrutinized for misrepresenting the environmental credentials of their products and services in their marketing campaigns, also known as false green advertising, or “greenwashing.”  The charge has been led by the Australian Competition and […]

by Kennan Zhong Legal Intern, Center for Climate Change Law On June 6, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its latest comments and rating on the State Department’s Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the Keystone XL project, a major new oil pipeline being developed by Transcanada, a Canadian firm, that would, if […]

by Amy Ward LLM, Columbia Law School New working paper available for download. Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) is considered in many circles a critical technological development that may make a significant contribution to future climate change mitigation efforts by reducing CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants. China is implementing CCS ‘demonstration plants’ to establish the […]

The last day of the conference began with a panel that analyzed the adaptation needs and strategies for threatened islands. Professor Klaus Jacob of Columbia University presented a risk assessment model using the variables of hazards, assets, and vulnerability. He outlined two approaches to the model: 1) using loss estimates for scenario storms, waves, ties, […]


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