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NEPA Review of Climate Change

The 2014 Draft Guidance issued by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has substantially increased understanding about how NEPA can contribute to informed consideration of the accelerating impacts of climate change....

The Practice of Sustainability at Colleges and Universities

Colleges and universities that seek sustainability have a wide range of support organizations to draw upon for advice and tools. Such schools can also learn by studying the best sustainability operating system (SOS) practices adopted by...

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Significance and Implications for the Future

On December 12, 2015, nearly 200 countries created a major new agreement on climate change, accompanied by national commitments to act. The Paris Agreement has rightly been celebrated as a breakthrough, but was unquestionably...

Integrating Climate Change Resilience Into HUD’s Disaster Recovery Program

A changing climate means that storms, floods, wildfires, and even coastlines cannot be expected to adhere to historical patterns. Federal agencies responsible for risk management and disaster recovery have begun giving priority to this...

Familiar Territory: A Survey of Legal Precedents for the Clean Power Plan

A coalition of states, utilities, energy producers, and other industry groups has brought a challenge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which...

Carbon Trading in China: Progress and Challenges

China and the United States deserve a great deal of credit for the successful outcome at the Paris Climate Agreement talks. Their landmark 2014 agreement committing each nation to reduce emissions and promote cleaner energy sources...

Standing to Challenge Climate Change Decisions

When the government decides to approve, or not to approve, some activity that has climate change impacts, who has standing to bring a legal challenge? Answers are tricky and, ultimately, unsatisfying. What is clear is that the sheer...

Shoreline Armoring and the Public Trust Doctrine: Balancing Public and Private Interests as Seas Rise

Coastal landowners have an acute interest in armoring the shoreline by erecting barriers to protect their property from inundation and erosion. One problem with armoring is that the barrier potentially destroys coastal wetlands and...