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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - November 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - Court invalidates South Coast Air District ozone rule - Los Angeles Times - Nov 8 - A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ruled that the South Coast Air Quality Management District board violated...more

New Wave of Climate Change Related Litigation Focuses on Industry

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Climate change related cases are on the rise nationwide, just like sea water levels. In fact, according to a United Nations study released in May 2017, the U.S. has three times more climate change litigation cases than the...more

Extreme Weather Fuels Increasing Trend of New Climate Change Litigation

As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts, using the...more

New York’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (“LWRPs”) And Climate Change

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Now more than ever, climate resiliency along our coastlines is an important aspect of long range municipal planning. Back in 1981, the New York State Legislature enacted the Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and...more

Spate of Suits Brought by California Communities for Sea Level Rise May Change Landscape of Climate Change Litigation

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

A recent trio of cases filed in California state court seek to hold major fossil fuel companies liable for the effects of sea level rise they allege to be caused by climate change....more

Local California Governments Sue Fossil Fuel Companies for Rising Sea Levels

by Downey Brand LLP on

On July 17, 2017, Marin County, San Mateo County, and the City of Imperial Beach filed three lawsuits in California Superior Court against a number of large oil, gas and coal companies. The complaints assert a variety of...more

CEQA News You Can Use - Vol. 2, Issue 2

Welcome to CEQA News You Can Use, a quarterly publication of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Natural Resources lawyers. This publication is intended to provide quick, useful bites of CEQA news that we hope can be a resource...more

SINKING CITIES: Not Just at Sea Level Anymore

by Zelle LLP on

When the Mexica people founded the city of Tenochtitlan in the fourteenth century, they built it on an island in the center of an inland lake in the fertile Valley of Mexico. Over seven centuries, the population of the city –...more

Massachusetts Innovates Again, This Time With New Climate Change Litigation

As an MIT grad and loyal resident (Go Sox!), I’m always happy to see stories about Massachusetts’ role in the innovation economy. Last week news arrived of more innovation in Massachusetts – this time on the legal front. ...more

I Have Seen the Future and It Is Hot and Wet

The City of Boston has just released its “Climate Projections Consensus.” It’s not a pretty picture. Here are the lowlights...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015

Energy and Climate Debate - With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, Congress returns from the August recess this week, and while the House dives into several energy related hearings, the Senate will wait a...more

Top 6 at 6 - Climate Change Legal Highlights of the First Six Months of 2015

Some might say that the Clean Power Plan is all one needs to talk about in any highlights article on recent climate change legal issues. When final the CPP will expand the scope of the Clean Air Act profoundly, impact the...more

Coastal Flooding and Resiliency: New Challenges and Opportunities for the Commercial Real Estate and Finance Industry

by Williams Mullen on

Virginia, North Carolina and other mid-Atlantic coastal communities are no strangers to severe weather and related storm surges and flooding. However, many of these communities are experiencing storm surges and tidal and...more

Rising Sea Levels and Prohibited "Takings" - A Different Sort of Climate Change Litigation

A little noted anniversary passed this past week. The odd 2009 storm, Nor’Ida (the progeny of a nor’easter and a hurricane), swept along the east coast pounding some areas with record storm surge five years ago in the second...more

DOE Releases Climate Plans

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On October 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released two plans related to climate change. The Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan and the Climate Change Adaptation Plan are intended to reduce greenhouse gas...more

ULI Releases Report on Risks of Urban Flooding

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The Boston/New England chapter of the Urban Land Institute (“ULI”) has released a report exploring design, policy and risk management strategies to help Boston and nearby cities such as Cambridge and Revere prepare for...more

Editorial: Drowning in Place: Local Government Costs and Liabilities for Flooding Due to Sea-level Rise

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Many areas of Florida are experiencing increased tidal flooding due to sea-level rise (SLR). Florida has experienced eight to nine inches of SLR over the past 100 years. The roughly four and one-half inches of rise in the...more

The New Bucket List: NOAA’s Top Sites for Increased Nuisance Flooding

"Seawater on the streets.” One immediately knows that, notwithstanding the alliterative allure, something is not right. And when one is in Annapolis, Maryland, and the Alex Haley Scuplture Group is literally reading in the...more

The Real Developer Impact of Rising Sea Levels

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Damage to coastal property and infrastructure from rising sea levels and increased storm surge is a threat that South Florida knows too well. According to a major new report released on June 24, 2014 by a coalition of senior...more

Will South Florida Soon be Under Water?

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In South Florida, commercial real estate developers are increasingly planning projects with sea level rise in mind. Mitigating the current and future effects of rising seas is fast becoming a priority. But it's important that...more

Walking On Eggshell Skulls: Louisiana's Levees Take On The Oil And Gas Industry Over Coastal Land Degradation

Ground zero for climate change and rising sea levels in the United States is not a status to which any state aspires. ...more

Sea Level Rise Impact On Coastal Development Must Now Be Taken Into Account - (Australia)

by DLA Piper on

After 35 days of hearing, the Queensland Planning and Environment Court has delivered its most significant climate change adaptation decision yet. Rainbow Shores P/L v Gympie Regional Council & Ors sets a new precedent for...more

Delaware’s Most Vulnerable County Abstains From Vote On Sea Level Rise Mitigation Options

In our continuing our discussion of the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee ("DSLRAC"), the efforts of the DSLRAC took an ironic - but perhaps predictable - turn when the delegate for the Delaware county likely to be...more

A Theory Of A Moveable Parcel Is Not The Legal Solution To Rising Sea Levels And Beach Front Ownership

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court weighed in on an ugly property rights case last Friday concerning some beautiful beachfront on Martha’s Vineyard. In White v. Hartigan, SJC 11072 (Feb. 8, 2013), the Court considered...more

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