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Roads to Nowhere in Four States: State and Local Governments in the Atlantic Southeast Facing Sea-Level Rise

Local governments in the coastal zone play a key role in adapting to the changing climate. This Article presents an analysis of coastal communities in four states, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, and provides three...

Board of County Commissioners of Boulder County v. Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc.

The Tenth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that remanded to state court a climate change lawsuit against oil companies for contributing to global warming-related damage in Colorado. Three local government entities argued before...

Climate Refugees in the Pacific

It is now scientifically proven that climate change is causing disruptions to the world at large. These slow-motion consequences threaten most coastal areas around the world, especially the Pacific Island nations.  Scientists...

Under the Radar: A Coherent System of Climate Governance, Driven by Business

This Article argues that growing private efforts to address climate change collectively take on the attributes and functions of a governance system that could be vital to societal decarbonization. Instead of evaluating specific...

Accelerating Energy Transition in India: A Comparative Perspective

The year 2015 marked a new era in climate efforts under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change when the nations of the world signed a new implementing agreement in Paris, France. Under the Paris Agreement,...

Behind the Curtain: Insiders' View of Developing and Enforcing State Climate Change Laws

This Article highlights the role of advocates in pushing government to step up to the challenges of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and remaining steadfast through continued policy enforcement. The authors, who participated in...

Massachusetts, Commonwealth of v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

A district court remanded back to state court Massachusetts' consumer protection lawsuit concerning an oil company's accounting of climate change risks. The state argued that the company misled and deceived its investors and consumers...

Oakland v. BP PLC

The Ninth Circuit vacated and remanded a district court ruling denying San Francisco's and Oakland's motion to remand to state court a lawsuit alleging that oil companies make and sell products that create a public nuisance—sea-level...

San Mateo v. Chevron Corp.

The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part a district court ruling granting California counties' and cities' motions to remand to state court a lawsuit against oil companies alleging nuisance and other causes of action arising from the role of...

Conservation Law Foundation v. ExxonMobil Corp.

A district court stayed an environmental group's climate change lawsuit against an oil company concerning a CWA permit for its petroleum storage facility in Massachusetts. The group argued that the permit required the company to...

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