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Climate Change

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...

Litigating Climate Change in National Courts: Recent Trends and Developments in Global Climate Law

This Article highlights the role that national judiciaries worldwide have played in developing the field of “climate law.” It focuses on some of the key lawsuits from civil and common-law jurisdictions that may influence climate law...

Corporate Responsibility: Promoting Climate Justice Through the Divestment of Fossil Fuels and Socially Responsible Investment

Heightened awareness of climate change has inspired institutional investors to divest from fossil fuels. At the same time, investors have pushed for a new sustainable energy economy with socially and environmentally responsible...

Realizing China’s Paris Commitment to Addressing Climate Change: Challenges and Legal Solutions

Since 1990, China’s carbon emissions have increased 73% due to economic growth. Although China’s emissions per capita are only about one-fifth of those from the United States, China is the largest emitter in the world. China signed the...

Unlocking Willpower and Ambition to Meet the Goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement (Part One): Shifting Needs of Law, Policy, and Economics

This Comment, the first of a two-part series, examines the nexus between willpower and ambition in the context of the Paris Agreement and its domestic implications worldwide, and identifies key elements of a more integrated, systematic...

Pulling the Second Lever: Regulating Black Carbon to Combat Global Warming

Black carbon, a component of soot and the result of incomplete combustion, is one of the most climate-forcing substances in existence. While black carbon is currently unregulated internationally, the technology to substantially reduce...

Whose Coast Is It Anyway? Climate Change, Shoreline Armoring, and the Public’s Right to Access the California Coast

The public trust doctrine provides that a state holds its tidelands, submerged lands, and navigable waters in trust for the benefit of the general public. California has codified the principles of this doctrine through various statutes...