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

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Climate Change and COVID-19: the Denial Playbook is the Same

The Trump administration has responded to COVID-19 using tactics it honed in the climate arena: ignoring or burying scientific information, pushing misinformation, and silencing scientists who warn us of the dangers.

by Augusta Wilson |July 30, 2020
A coal train sits on a track next to a facility in Donora, PA

While No One Was Watching: Changing Environmental Regulations Under the Trump Administration

The administration is using the pandemic to stop enforcing many environmental and health protections. In a recent webinar, experts discussed what has happened, and what it means.

by |May 21, 2020
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What the First Earth Day Achieved

And what we can learn from its success.

by |April 21, 2020
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Beautiful Planet: Earth Institute Photos From Around the Globe

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing images of places and projects around the world that highlight our planet’s incredible beauty.

by |April 20, 2020

Earth Day: How to Celebrate While You’re Sheltering in Place

There are many ways to get involved, take action, or simply marvel at the beauty of our planet, all without leaving your home or neighborhood.

by |April 17, 2020

New Website Will Help Steer the U.S. Away From Fossil Fuels

The ‘Model Laws for Deep Decarbonization’ website provides legal examples that can be customized in order to achieve deep reductions in fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.

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COVID-19 Policy Could Lead to a Spike in Methane Emissions

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic it will “exercise discretion” in enforcing natural gas pipeline safety regulations.

by Romany Webb |April 10, 2020
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COVID-19 Provides Lessons on Climate Adaptation for Cities

Some policies can simultaneously address public health threats, reduce emissions and provide for a city’s recovery.

by Amy Turner |April 8, 2020
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Public Participation in the Coronavirus Age

How governments can ensure transparency and public access to information while social distancing continues.

by Hillary Aidun and Daniel Metzger |April 6, 2020
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Trump’s ‘Industry First, Science Last’ Agenda Is Costing Lives

The president’s ongoing war on science has significantly weakened researchers’ ability to respond to COVID-19 and other looming public health and environmental crises.

by Romany Webb and Lauren Kurtz |April 2, 2020