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Fourth National Climate Assessment special report

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The Trump administration has released an updated assessment of the science of climate change, concluding "based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse...more

If the Apocalypse Approaches, But the Administration Ignores It, Will It Make a Sound?

Last week, the government released the Climate Science Special Report, the first volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. It makes grim reading – or perhaps more accurately, grim reaper – reading. Here’s what we...more

Reminder of the Impacts of Air Pollution on Public Health

by Burr & Forman on

The issue of climate change has become the focus of air emission regulations and prompted deep division in the process. The last Presidential election brought the issue to the fore in the sense that those who are now...more

GAO Releases Climate Change Report

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On October 23, 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the auditing agency of the US Congress, released a report on climate change titled, “Information on Potential Economic Effects Could Help Guide Federal Efforts...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Latin America continues to progress toward environmental sustainability goals as 2017 nears its end. Argentina proposes potable water and sanitation as legal human rights. Brazil moves forward on a number of waste...more

EPA Initiates Formal Regulatory Process to Roll Back Clean Power Plan

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Monday, October 16, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, marking the start of the formal process to repeal the Clean Power Plan (“CPP”)....more

National Clean Energy Summit Sets the Stage for the Future of Sustainability

On October 13, former Nevada Senator Harry Reid and current Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval hosted the ninth annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV. Each year, the 3-day summit brings together leaders of...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #4

EPA to Restrict Scientific Advisers Who Get Agency Grants - "Pruitt did not say how restrictive the policy would be. But it has the potential to greatly reduce the body of expert scientists who could serve on the boards...more

It’s the Externalities, Stupid.

Last week, the Lancet Commission on pollution and public health (free registration required) released a study on the annual costs of pollution. There’s bound to be argument about the specifics, but it’s difficult to argue...more

California considers transportation electrification

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California utility regulators are considering proposals by electric utilities to electrify the transportation sector. If the three largest electrical corporations' proposals are approved by the California Public Utilities...more

President Xi Jinping Pledges Sustainable Development to Build a “Beautiful China”

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

At the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, President Xi Jinping asserted his country’s emerging leadership in environmental stewardship and pledged to build a “beautiful China”. In his speech to the 2,300...more

Buy Clean California Act: Carbon Emission Limits for State Procurement

California has taken a significant step in aligning its procurement expenditures with its vanguard climate change policy. On October 15, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 262, the Buy Clean California Act (Chapter 816,...more

The Clean Growth Strategy - Government releases its strategy for a low carbon future

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 October the Government released its latest strategy to promote “clean growth” in the UK. It sees clean growth as growing the UK’s national income, while cutting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate...more

EPA Proposes to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

by White & Case LLP on

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (the "EPA's") October 10, 2017, proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (the "CPP") will hinder prior federal efforts under the Obama Administration to curb greenhouse gas...more

Climate change liability? The escape of the salmon

by DLA Piper on

Many industries are increasingly concerned with predicting the damage that climate change will cause to people, business and the environment. And businesses are asking themselves a related question: what can be done to...more

EPA Opens Public Comment Period for Its Clean Power Plan “Repeal” Proposal

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 10, 2017, the Trump Administration took another step in its efforts to unwind U.S. climate change policy. The announcement presented little surprise and provided little substance as it provided limited additional...more

Court Rejects BLM’s Efforts to Unbalance the Scales of Justice

On October 4, 2017, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte granted summary judgment to plaintiffs and vacated the Bureau of Land Management’s notice that it was postponing certain compliance dates contained in the Obama BLM rule...more

Portuguese Children Crowdfund Climate Change Suit Against 47 Countries

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Six Portuguese children are raising funds to sue 47 European countries, asserting that their right to life has been threatened because governments have allegedly failed to adequately deal with climate change. With the...more

What’s New in the Methane Debate?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Occasionally we visit issues larger than one-off courthouse decisions. Here are a few selected stories on the extent to which fracking contributes to rising levels of methane and, maybe, to climate change. There are...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - The Global Future

by White & Case LLP on

Regional trading systems are expected to expand and increase their connections with one another - Carbon pricing and trading regimes are developing regionally in a bottom-up approach, rather than through a global top-down...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective: Japan

by White & Case LLP on

Tokyo Metropolitan Government's and Saitama Prefecture's schemes are connected as Japan considers a national scheme - Similar in some ways to regional emissions trading schemes in the US and Canada, Japan has locally...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - European Union

by White & Case LLP on

The world's biggest trading scheme sees proposals intended to stabilize the market and links to Switzerland - The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is the world's first and biggest international emissions...more

D.C. Court of Appeals Rejects EPA Attempt to Regulate Greenhouse Gases Through Restrictions on Hydrofluorocarbons

by Clark Hill PLC on

In 1987, the United States signed the Montreal Protocol (Protocol). The Protocol is an international agreement that has been ratified by every nation that is a member of the United Nations. The Protocol requires nations to...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - UK

by White & Case LLP on

EU's trading scheme framework dominates, but Brexit brings uncertainty - As early as 2002, the UK began preparing for international emissions trading. It initiated a pilot emissions trading scheme (UK ETS) in anticipation...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - Mexico

by White & Case LLP on

Implementation of a cap-and-trade program and compliance market is expected by 2021 - In 2012, Mexico enacted the General Law on Climate Change (GCCL), which required the creation of a national registry for greenhouse...more

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