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Designing the New Green Deal: Where’s the Sweet Spot?

The Donald Trump years have been painful for advocates of a forceful U.S. response to climate change. The White House has pulled out of the 2015 Paris Agreement, tried to revive coal, and moved to scuttle landmark U.S. Environmental...

Mitigating Climate Change Through Transportation and Land Use Policy

A number of U.S. state and local governments have adopted strategies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation and land development. Although some have made significant progress in reducing GHG emissions from the...

Is Meat the New Tobacco? Regulating Food Demand in the Age of Climate Change

Switching from a meat-heavy to a plant-based diet is one of the highest-impact lifestyle changes for climate mitigation and adaptation. However, conventional demand-side energy policy has focused on increasing consumption of efficient...

Clean Air Council v. United States

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by an environmental group and two children challenging federal rollbacks of environmental regulations. The plaintiffs sought a declaration that the government could not implement rollbacks...

Chernaik v. Brown

An Oregon appellate court upheld a lower court's finding that the public trust doctrine does not require the state to defend the environment from climate change. Plaintiff children had sought declaratory relief for the state's failure...

Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change

When the United States withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, 100 private corporations reaffirmed their commitment to fighting climate change. While governments are often tasked with facing climate change, many major private...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Department of State

A district court dismissed a request by environmental groups to compel the State Department to release documents detailing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as required by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. The groups sought...

United States

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the U.S. government's petition for a writ of mandamus in a lawsuit brought by a group of youths challenging the government's failure to act on climate change and asserting the right to a safe climate. The...

China’s Emissions Trading System: What the United States and China Can Teach Each Other

China is working hard on an ambitious policy to become a world leader in addressing climate change, with plans to transform its energy policy primarily using carbon emissions trading. The National Development and Reform Commission...

An American (State) in Paris: The Constitutionality of U.S. States’ Commitments to the Paris Agreement

In June 2017, President Donald Trump confirmed that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Almost immediately, individual states began to pledge their commitments to the Paris Agreement despite the lack of federal...

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