Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Archives - State of the Planet

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U.S. Climate Change Litigation in the Age of Trump: Year One

A new working paper from the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law analyzes 2017’s climate-related lawsuits.

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New Tracker Keeps Tabs on Government Attacks on Science

The Silencing Science Tracker, from Columbia’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, will log actions by the U.S. government to silence scientists working on environmental, public health and climate issues.

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NYC is Suing Five Major Oil Companies Over Climate Change

Columbia University expert weighs in on the potential impacts of the lawsuit.

by |January 11, 2018
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Climate Change Will Displace Millions of People. Where Will They Go?

At a recent event, Earth Institute experts discussed the social, political, and economic challenges of climate migration.

by |January 4, 2018
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Columbia Environmental Law Clinic Challenges EPA’s Scott Pruitt on Behalf of Scientists

The lawsuit filed today asserts that Scott Pruitt’s ban on EPA-funded scientists on EPA advisory boards is illegal, undermines the integrity of science, and threatens public health.

by |December 21, 2017
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Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Liable For Climate Change?

Like Big Tobacco, fossil fuel companies have knowingly sold a product that causes harm while covering up and distorting the truth. Can they be sued for climate-related damages?

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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.

Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Seeks an Intern

The intern will work with our staff on various research and writing projects relating to climate change and environmental policy.

by |September 20, 2017
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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