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Livestock Production, Climate Change, and Human Health: Closing the Awareness Gap

Livestock should be removed from public lands for myriad reasons. Eliminating what is now extensive grazing by ruminants would cut methane emissions, with attendant benefits for climate mitigation. Removing livestock from public lands...

EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Understanding and Evaluating the Proposed Federal Plan and Model Rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan was accompanied by model rules for states that provide both a mass-based and a rate-based approach. The model rules, once finalized, will give states a streamlined but...

State Implementation of the Clean Power Plan: Why It Matters to Industries Outside the Power Sector

On August 3, 2015, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which establishes guidelines that states must apply to achieve reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from the...

Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on the Built Environment: A Framework for Environmental Reviews

Federal agencies are beginning to incorporate descriptions of climate change impacts into environmental reviews for buildings and infrastructure, but there is no consistent methodology for evaluating these impacts and mitigating any...

CEQ’s Draft Guidance on NEPA Climate Analyses: Potential Impacts on Climate Litigation

In December 2014, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued for public comment a draft guidance document on how federal agencies should evaluate climate change in their analyses under NEPA. Like the 2010 draft...

A Role for Interstate Compacts in Coastal Resilience and Climate Change Mitigation

Interstate compacts are legal tools that can help states address the increasing number of extreme weather events they face. This Comment discusses how interstate compacts have already been used to deal with such collective problems and...

Habitat Conservation Plans and Climate Change: Recommendations for Policy

Habitat conservation plans (HCPs) are critical tools for managing species and their habitats. Climate change poses special challenges for successful habitat conservation planning, but there are several steps to take to address these...

Public Utility and the Low-Carbon Future

Substantial reductions in global power sector emissions will be needed by midcentury to avoid significant disruption of the climate system. Achieving these reductions will require greatly increased levels of financing, technological...

NEPA and Climate Change: Practitioners Should Take Note of CEQ’s New Guidance

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has again offered for public comment draft guidance on how to evaluate the environmental impacts of climate change in analyses prepared under NEPA. This is not the first time CEQ...

Food Security: Concept, Challenges, and the Role of Attorneys

Feeding a growing global population, estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, in a changing climate without destroying our environment is one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Environmental advocates have a central role in addressing...