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

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Should New York Build a Storm Surge Barrier?

A recent event at Columbia University debated the pros and cons.

by |October 24, 2019
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100+ Climate Experts at the Earth Institute

Sources and story ideas for journalists during ‘Covering Climate Now,’ Climate Week, and beyond.

by |September 11, 2019

How the Top Ten Democratic Candidates Plan to Deal With Climate Change

It is critical that whoever becomes president in 2020 commits to tackling the climate crisis. Here are the climate plans of the top ten Democratic candidates.

by |August 29, 2019

Pro Bono Legal Team Helps Farmers and Homeowners Fight for Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Legal Defense Initiative is pushing back against local laws that block progress on solar and wind projects.

by |August 22, 2019

Fall 2019 Earth Institute Internship Opportunities

A variety of undergraduate, graduate and PhD positions are available in various departments and research centers. Apply by September 11, 2019.

by |August 19, 2019
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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.