Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Author at State of the Planet

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The Trump Administration’s Continued Attack on Science

As of August 14, the federal government has attempted to censor, misrepresent, and otherwise stifle science over 150 times, according to the Sabin Center’s Silencing Science Tracker.

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Five Important Points About the EPA’s “SAFE Vehicle Rule”

The EPA’s decision to lower fuel efficiency standards could affect more than just greenhouse gas emissions.

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Warming Climate Could Make Wildfire-Prone Homes Uninsurable

As insurers begin to account for climate change in their wildfire risk models, premiums in scorched areas could skyrocket.

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We Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Prisoners During Natural Disasters

When disaster strikes, prisoners’ rights are often forgotten about. A new paper recommends changes that can help protect them.

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Colombian Youth Sue for Recognition of the Rights of Future Generations

A group of 25 children and young adults are suing the Colombian government, demanding the protection of their constitutional rights to health, food, water, and a healthy environment.

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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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Scott Pruitt’s Attack on Scientists Serving on EPA Advisory Boards is Illegal

Pruitt’s policy runs counter to existing conflict-of-interests law, and is on its face arbitrary and capricious.

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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.