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People of California v. BP P.L.C.

A district court held that San Francisco and Oakland, California, may not remove back to state court their climate change public nuisance actions against several oil companies. The defendants—the largest cumulative producers of fossil...

Alaska Oil & Gas Ass'n v. Ross

The Ninth Circuit held that NOAA did not go beyond its authority when it took climate change into account when considering the ESA status of the Arctic ringed seal. In 2012, NOAA listed the Arctic ringed seal as threatened based on...

Slow Threats and Environmental Policy

Some threats to the environment, like acid rain and stratospheric ozone depletion, emerged fairly rapidly, and abrupt threats like an oil or toxic chemical spill demand an immediate response. But most environmental problems have the...

Deep Decarbonization of New Buildings

New buildings constructed today can be expected to remain in use well beyond 2050. As a result, thoughtful decisions now can have a significant impact on reducing the carbon footprint of buildings for decades to come. Buildings use...

Green Infrastructure for Chesapeake Stormwater Management in a Changing Climate

One of the greatest impacts of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will be the need for stormwater management. With green infrastructure, the Chesapeake region is in position to take national leadership on the issue of...

The Role of Energy Efficiency in Deep Decarbonization

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Report calls for major increases in building and equipment efficiency to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. While the U.S. Department of Energy...

Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Schneiderman

A district court dismissed an oil company's lawsuit seeking to stop the New York and Massachusetts Attorneys General (AGs) from investigating whether the company misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change and...

Recent Developments in Climate Justice

Climate justice can be defined generally as addressing the disproportionate burden of climate change impacts on poor and marginalized communities. It seeks to promote more equitable allocation of these burdens at the local, national,...

Legal Pathways to Widespread Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Despite competing views about climate change policy, the time is ripe to drive carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) forward. National and state investment in and support of CCS are completely consistent with the Donald Trump...

Proposal for a Multilateral Border Carbon Adjustment Scheme That Is Consistent With WTO Law

As the world considers how to respond to the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, one possible policy response is the adoption of border carbon adjustment (BCA) schemes that are compatible with...