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Aji P. v. Washington

A Washington state court dismissed a lawsuit filed by young Washingtonians alleging a right to a clean environment and stable climate. Specifically, plaintiffs argued that the state should be required to submit a greenhouse gas...

Preventing Industrial Disasters in a Time of Climate Change: A Call for Financial Assurance Mandates

Financial assurance mandates (FAMs) may help induce coastal industries to invest in climate change adaptation. FAMs require companies to prove that they can pay for the liabilities they may incur—whether by drawing on their own...

Financial Assurance Mandates: No Substitute for Agency Expertise and Oversight

Zachary Arnold’s article on financial assurance mandates (FAMs) highlights an important issue of growing urgency: the exposure of industrial facilities—-many with toxic products or by-products—to risks of flooding exacerbated by sea-...

The Future of FAMs

Zachary Arnold’s proposal of a policy framework to prevent coastal industrial disasters is quite timely, coming as it does after the 2017 hurricane season on the East Coast, followed by the equally devastating wildfire season in the...

Applying a FAMiliar Question of Climate Change Scope and Scale: Financial Assurance Mandates and Coastal Risk Management

Just as our coasts have been defined and shaped by their surrounding lands and waters, the future scale and scope of climate change impacts in any one location will—in part—be defined by geography and surrounding landscape. Zachary...

Financial Assurance Mandates: A Mechanism to Prevent Climate-Induced Industrial Disaster

The challenge of inducing risk reduction and adaptation practice is not a purely environmental one, but the vast impacts of acute and chronic environmental events and changes associated with climate change extend across socioeconomic...

New York v. BP P.L.C.

A district court granted oil companies' motion to dismiss New York City's case seeking damages for global warming-related injuries caused by greenhouse gas emissions resulting from combustion of the companies' fossil fuels. The...

Decarbonizing Light-Duty Vehicles

Reducing the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from 1990 levels by 2050 will require multiple legal pathways for changing its transportation fuel sources. The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) authors...

Oakland v. BP PLC

A district court granted oil companies' motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco alleging that the companies make and sell products that create a public nuisance—global-warming-induced sea-level...

San Juan Citizens Alliance v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court held BLM violated NEPA when it approved 13 oil and gas leases covering 19,788 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest without considering the leases' impacts on climate change. BLM decided an EIS was not warranted based...