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Monthly Archive for December, 2010

by Mark Shulman The news is full of insights gleaned from the enormous WikiLeaks’ dump of diplomatic dispatches.  Tom Friedman’s recent New York Times column takes a different tact, imagining a leaked dispatch from a Chinese diplomat in Washington.  As he does frequently, Friedman explains some of the subterranean currents that are shaping the world […]

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by Professor Ann Powers The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a comprehensive report on 2 December 2010 during the Cancún Climate Negotiations, detailing the manner in which rising CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere are having a devastating impact on the health of our oceans, particularly in the form of acidification. The report comes to the […]

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by John Nolon As we watch events unfold in Washington and Cancun, the prospects for silver bullet national and international climate fixes seem increasing less hopeful.  Policy makers are searching for other means of mitigating and adapting to climate change. Patty Salkin and I have just published Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a […]

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by Karl Coplan The Supreme Court has just announced the grant of the petition for certiorari in American Electric Power v. Connecticut, the federal common law nuisance case brought by several northeastern states against the electric power injury for damages from climate change. The petition argued that plaintiffs lack standing to sue, preemption of federal […]

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COP16-Week One Wrap Up

by Matt Jokajtys, Student Guest Blogger currently at UNFCCC-Cancun Week one has seen plenty of hard work on behalf of the negotiators, but there is still a lot of space between many countries’ positions on a wide variety of issues. Most of the meetings I’ve covered for my delegation so far have still been struggling […]

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by Joseph Siegel Dec. 2, 2010– Access to the official negotiations for non-party NGO observers (like me) is becoming more restricted as the week progresses. There are few remaining open meetings, and space for NGO observers in those meetings is quite limited. However, I managed to find a prime two-square- foot patch of floor space […]

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Dec. 1, 2010 – [Sorry for the delay in posting. The internet service in my hotel is spotty at best and we had some Greenlaw posting problems.] Today we skipped the official meetings of the COP and, instead, attended several official side events. There are approximately twenty to thirty official side events per day on a very broad range of climate change topics. The official side events add an important dimension to the COP meeting, in particular for NGO observers like myself, who have more limited access to the official COP meetings as the week proceeds. In addition to the official side events and official COP meetings, there are unofficial side events, which are held outside the COP venue (more on that after I participate in one a few days from now), and exhibitors, located at roughly 200 booths in the building where the official side events are held.

The most interesting official side event we attended today was titled “Food Security and Human Rights in Small Island Developing States and the Arctic.” It was sponsored by an NGO called Many Strong Voices…

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by Daniel E. Estrin Supervising Attorney, Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Inc. Adjunct Professor of Law, Pace Law School Almost two months ago I wrote about the notices of intent to sue that we served upon three mountaintop removal coal companies in eastern Kentucky alleging thousands of violations of their Clean Water Act discharge permits. The […]

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by Karl Coplan The New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force draft report to the legislature is out. The report considers the impacts of sea level rise on various aspects of government planning and regulation, including infrastructure, land use, community protection, and ecosystem protection. The draft report makes recommendations about how to incorporate sea […]

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by Matt Jokajtys, Student Guest Blogger currently at UNFCCC-Cancun The COP president has approved a proposal by AOSIS to form two new contact groups to discuss the legal form of a new climate agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. Ambassador Dessima Williams of Grenada, on behalf […]

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