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Climate Change

Climate Exactions: One Tool in a City’s Toolbox

This Comment explores climate exactions and the other ways cities already control the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Thoughts on Climate Exactions

This Comment looks at Montgomery County, Maryland, and its current policies to discuss the viability of climate exactions.

Legal Pathways for a Massive Increase in Utility-Scale Renewable Generating Capacity

Decarbonizing the U.S. energy system will require a program of building onshore wind, offshore wind, utility-scale solar, and associated transmission that will exceed what has been done before in the United States by many times, every...

Sustainability in the Trump Era: Corporate, Global, and Enforcement Perspectives

To commemorate Earth Day, Paul Hastings LLP hosted a panel discussion on April 18, 2017, featuring three prominent attorneys with extensive and diverse experience in environmental counseling and litigation. The panelists reflected on...

Sinking Small Island Nations: Calls for a Lifeboat

In the South Pacific, midway between Hawaii and Australia, lies the beautiful island nation of Tuvalu, home to about 10,000 people. In about 40 years, Tuvalu will be uninhabitable, and in 70 years, at best, it is likely to be underwater...

Environmental Sustainability: Finding a Working Definition

Since at least 1987, when the World Commission on Environment and Development published Our Common Future, sustainability has become an increasingly central concept in redefining environmental stewardship—development that "...

Ocean Policy and the Trump Administration

Each presidential election brings the possibility of large-scale changes in environmental policy. Pres. Donald Trump has not explicitly laid out ocean policies for his new administration, but he has provided some clues; these policies...

Planning for the Effects of Climate Change on Natural Resources

Climate change has important implications for the management and conservation of natural resources and public lands. The federal agencies responsible for managing these resources have generally recognized that considerations pertaining...

The Impact of Climate Change on American and Canadian Indigenous Peoples and Their Water Resources

Access to water is a fundamental climate change issue in North America and internationally. It is related to significant political, social, and ecological struggles that indigenous peoples face, and governments and courts so far have...

Projecting the Future: Ninth Circuit Upholds ESA Listing for Bearded Seals

In Alaska Oil & Gas Ass’n v. Pritzker the Ninth Circuit upheld a rule listing two species of seals as “threatened” under the ESA based on climate change projections and associated habitat loss from reduction of sea ice. The...