December 1, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
UN Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity Virginia Dandan has urged states attending the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Lima, Peru, to commit to a new legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. The twentieth session of the ...[read more]
December 10, 2012
by Fangxing Li
JURIST Guest Columnist Michael Fico, St. John's University School of Law Class of 2013, is the author of the fourteenth article in a 15-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. He discusses the federal common law public nuisance's place after Supreme ...[read more]
September 23, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed on Friday the dismissal of the Alaskan village of Kivalina's nuisance claims against energy companies for greenhouse emissions it claimed contributed to global warming and threatened its existence. Kivalina brought suit against 22 energy ...[read more]
June 20, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On June 20, 2011, the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, deciding that there is no standing for claims made under federal common law of nuisance relating to the contribution to climate by electric utilities. The case involved land trusts, power ...[read more]
April 19, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On April 19, 2011, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding whether electric utilities contributed to global warming in the case of American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had ruled in the same case that states can sue power companies ...[read more]
November 12, 2011
by Leigh Argentieri
JURIST Guest Columnist Hua Wang, Northwestern University School of Law Class of 2012, writes on the need for policies that combine market incentives with outright prohibitions to achieve enforcement and compliance with international environmental regimes...A regulatory framework allows countries ...[read more]
October 19, 2011
by Julia Zebley
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Monday that the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is not obligated to reduce green house gas emissions, a contributor to global warming, in order to protect polar bears. However, the court also found that the controversial Bush... ...[read more]
September 27, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On September 27, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. The occasion marked the first time that a US bill designed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions became law. The legislation was aimed at reducing emissions in the state by 25 percent ...[read more]
September 17, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday that the effects of global warming are not covered by a standard liability insurance policy. The AES Corporation, a power company, is facing a suit, Kivalina v. Exxon Mobil Corp., for its contributions to global warming. AES expected that its insurance ...[read more]
July 21, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The UN Security Council on Wednesday made their first official statement implicating climate change as a serious threat to world peace and security. At the urging of Germany, which released a Concept Note to lead the discussion, the Security Council debated global warming for the first time since ...[read more]

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