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 Two

A new report documents 94 attempts by the Trump Administration to undermine climate protections in 2017 and 2018—and finds that the courts have largely constrained these rollbacks.

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New Podcast: Legal Pathways to Decarbonization in the U.S.

The latest episode of the Columbia Energy Exchange discusses a playbook of legal options available to cut emissions and tackle the challenge of climate change.

by |June 5, 2019
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Climate Law Expert Testifies to Congress on Renewable Energy

Testifying before a House of Representatives subcommittee, Columbia’s Mike Gerrard suggested ways to the reduce the legal hurdles of building renewable energy projects on public lands.

You Asked: Do Plastic Bag Bans Work in Developing Nations?

An environmental lawyer tells us about the impact of anti-plastic bag legislation across the world.

by |April 30, 2019
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New Recommendations for a Climate-Smart National Flood Insurance Program

A new article co-authored by the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law provides key recommendations on how to change flood insurance for a changing climate.

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Why We Shouldn’t Let Maritime Boundaries Shrink as Coastlines Recede

Climate change will pose many challenges for small island states — and shrinking maritime boundaries would only make matters worse, argues one climate lawyer.

Summer 2019 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by April 14, 2019.

by |March 19, 2019

Six Reasons to Be Hopeful About Fighting Climate Change

Depressing news and turbulent politics can leave many of us discouraged, but it’s not all doom and gloom; Earth Institute experts weigh in on what gives them hope.

by |February 13, 2019
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‘Silencing Science Tracker’ Tallies 287 Government Attacks on Science in Past Two Years

As Trump enters his third year as president, the “war on science” isn’t slowing.

by |January 21, 2019

A Preview of How Climate Science Could Play Out in ‘Juliana v. United States’ Courtroom

Climate change lawyers break down the key arguments and points of contention for “the trial of the century.”