climate change law

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Former Head of EPA Looks to Businesses, Courts, and Citizens to Fight Climate Change

In a lecture at Columbia Law School, Gina McCarthy sharply critiqued the Trump administration’s environmental policies, but offered hope that grassroots movements and other branches of government can make a difference.

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11 Questions Hurricane Harvey Raises About Climate Change Law and Policy

From managing flood insurance to controlling toxic pollutants, these policy issues will influence how well Texas can bounce back from the disaster, and how we’ll handle such storms in the future.

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Sabin Center Wins Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Protection

The American Bar Association award recognizes the center as a premier source for information, analysis, and education on climate change law and policy.

by |August 16, 2017
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The Paris Climate Agreement: What Trump’s Decision to Leave Means

In the wake of the decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, several questions have emerged about what withdrawal means for environmental policy, research and innovation.

by |June 1, 2017
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Database Tracks Global Climate Law

A new online database is tracking climate change legislation around the world. The tool was launched this week in a joint effort by the Sabin Center for Change Law and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.

by |May 9, 2017
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Spring 2016 Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunities

The Earth Institute will offer nine research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the Spring 2016 semester.

by |December 1, 2015
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The Paris Climate Summit: Resources for Journalists

Many experts at Columbia University’s Earth Institute are attending or closely watching the Paris climate summit. These include world authorities on climate science, politics, law, natural resources, national security, health and other fields, who can offer expert analysis to journalists. Here’s a guide to resources that journalists covering the summit can tap.

by |November 13, 2015

Rising Seas Pushing Island Nations to the Brink

Rising sea levels caused by global warming could displace millions of people worldwide who are living on low-lying coastlines, and it may prove fatal to some small island nations. At a conference at Columbia Law School, legal experts explored the implications for the people whose homelands could become uninhabitable within a matter of decades.

by |May 23, 2011