Climate Change Is Widespread, Rapid, and Intensifying — And Terrifying

Law and Environment

The IPCC has released its Sixth Assessment Report on the physical science basis of climate change. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred. Adaptation Air Climate Change GHG Sustainability Climate Response IPCC

What COVID-19 Can Teach Us About Mitigating Climate Change


While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, climate change—a crisis that can cause even greater destruction—looms. The heightened public awareness about the dangers of unmitigated climate change make this an important moment for policymakers to enact bold reforms.


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Climate Change Is Widespread, Rapid, and Intensifying — And Terrifying


The IPCC has released its Sixth Assessment Report on the physical science basis of climate change. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred. Posted on August 10, 2021 by Seth Jaffe.

What Does the Movie "Dirty Harry" Teach Us About Adapting to Climate Change Risk?

Environmental and Urban Economics

His letter makes an analogy between climate change and Clint Eastwood in the first Dirty Harry movie. Professor Mann is implicitly saying that we also face uncertainty in the face of climate change and we are currently taking a gamble by allowing global greenhouse gas emissions to rise.

Delayed harm and the politics of climate change, reconsidered

Legal Planet

The world is gathering soon in Glasgow to debate how to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. Does the climate keep warming, stay the same, or even cool? Thus, the harms from that climate change will continue to affect us, even if they aren’t getting worse.

Witnessing Climate Change Effects in Alaska

Ocean Conservancy

Yet in between the seeing humpback and killer whales, sea lions and Denali, it was hard for me to avoid the challenges climate change poses for people and wildlife across the planet. The IPCC reports collate the best available science on the state of the climate.

Electric Vehicles Combat Climate Change

Global Green

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is from transportation. Recently that has changed. This chart shows the projected change in the percent of electricity generated by segments of renewable energy.

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What Is Climate Change Law?

Climate Change Blawg

Climate change law encompasses the policies and regulations implemented throughout the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conquer global warming, and prevent climate change. Climate change policies can be international, national, or even local, so they may vary significantly from one location to the next. Climate change regulations generally fall into two categories. Climate change […].

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California drought driving up greenhouse gas emissions: study

Environmental News Bits

Drought in California, coupled with population growth, is accelerating the need for energy-intensive water projects — driving up greenhouse gas emissions and thwarting the pace of statewide decarbonization efforts, a new study has found. Download The Future of California’s Water-Energy-Climate Nexus from Next10. Read more → Climate change Energy Publications WaterRead the full story at The Hill.

Just 25 mega-cities produce 52% of the world’s urban greenhouse gas emissions

Frontier Sin

New research published by the open access publisher Frontiers inventories greenhouse gas emissions of 167 globally distributed cities. The study shows that just 25 mega-cities produce 52% of the greenhouse gas emissions from the studied cities.

The Biden Administration’s Clean Car Proposal Shows How to Turn the Industry Around—But it Takes a Wrong Turn

Union of Concerned Scientists

This isn’t about lofty aspirations—it’s about addressing climate change in a way consistent with the science of what is needed. Climate Change Transportation CAFE standards clean car standards clean cars EPA fuel economy vehicle greenhouse gas standards

Climate change results may impact General Mills’ $500 million bond

Environmental News Bits

General Mills has taken on its first sustainability-linked bond aligned to the company’s efforts to combat climate change. The 10-year, $500 million bond is tied to measurable improvements on the company’s commitment to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 30% across its value chain by 2030, Minneapolis-based… Read more → Corporate sustainability Food and beverage manufacturingRead the full story at Food Business News.

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Gen Z, Millennials stand out for climate change activism, social media engagement with issue

Environmental News Bits

In the first year of Joe Biden’s presidential term, climate, energy and environmental policy have been the subject of renewed federal attention. In recent months, the United States has rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency has moved to sharply restrict greenhouse gas emissions,… Read more → Climate change Public opinion pollsRead the full story from Pew Research.

Climate Change Is Intensifying the Water Cycle, New IPCC Report Finds

Circle of Blue

The climate crisis will jeopardize key sources of fresh water and make extreme weather events more severe. There are a handful of high-impact “tipping points” that could drastically change global or regional water cycles. degrees, the goal established in the Paris Climate Agreement.

New tool aims to give greater oversight to greenhouse gas emissions

Environmental News Bits

New Zealanders will soon be able track how much greenhouse gas the country is emitting in almost real time. Read more → Climate change Data science Information toolsRead the full story at RNZ.

Land-use, climate change, and policy – Opportunities to act locally while thinking globally


Land-Use and Climate Change Growing urban populations are accelerating land-use change (LUC) around the globe, as witnessed in the Front Range of Colorado 1–3. What are the implications of different land-use decisions with regard to water management and climate change?

20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France

Environmental News Bits

Twenty livestock companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than either Germany, Britain or France – and are receiving billions of dollars in financial backing to do so, according to a new report by environmental campaigners. Read more → Agriculture Climate change PublicationsRead the full story in The Guardian.

HotSpots H2O: In Madagascar, Droughts Caused by Climate Change Contribute to Famine

Circle of Blue

As famines historically are caused by conflict or political issues, and socioeconomic vulnerabilities, the famine in Madagascar–one of the lowest emitters of carbon and greenhouse gasses in the world–stands out as being heavily influenced by climate change.

A Few Thoughts About Economic Growth as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Environmental and Urban Economics

John Cochrane has posted an important blog post about adapting to climate change. No plausible estimate of climate damage comes close to this kind of change. And this change comes in part from increasing diffusion of fossil fuels. I have working on the costs of climate change for 15 years now going back to my 2005 Death Toll paper. I am a microeconomist and I said to Marty; "Many of us know that we do not know what risks climate change will pose.

Clean Cars Minnesota: A win for public health, innovation, and the environment

Union of Concerned Scientists

Climate Change Energy Transportation electric vehicles EVs greenhouse gas emissions

What Is the UK Doing to Stop Climate Change?

Climate Change Blawg

Greenhouse gasses, global warming, and catastrophic climate change have been subjects of controversy for decades, and time is running out, but the UK is making impressive strides in its efforts to protect the planet. 2008 Climate Change Act An Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, the Climate Change Act 2008 is a landmark […]. The post What Is the UK Doing to Stop Climate Change?

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Climate Change: How Did We End Up Here?

Nature Talkies

Yes, we are talking about climate change. . The primary reason why climate change is an alarming cause is our negligence and exploitative nature. The emissions of Greenhouse Gases. The natural climate cycle of the Earth is related to climate change.

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Study: Just 25 cities account for majority of global urban greenhouse gas emissions

Environmental News Bits

Just 25 cities comprise more than half of greenhouse gas emissions from a sample of 167 urban centers, according to research published Monday in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. Read more → Climate change Publications Sustainable communitiesRead the full story in The Hill.

What could we do with $120 billion to protect the ocean and fight climate change?

Ocean Conservancy

And, the recent report from the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is no exception. The IPCC tells us that this is the decade when we must take action on climate change to avoid the worst- case scenarios.

Major Developments in EU and German Climate Change Legislation

E2 Law Blog

April 2021 saw two major developments in climate change legislation in the EU and in Germany. Provisional Agreement of EU Lawmakers on EU Climate Law. The adoption of the European Climate Law will be the first step in implementing the European Green Deal.

Electric delivery vehicles: When, where, how they’re charged has big impact on greenhouse gas emissions

Environmental News Bits

The transportation sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and a lot of attention has been devoted to electric passenger vehicles and their potential to help reduce those emissions. But with the rise of online shopping and just-in-time shipping, electric… Read more → Climate change EVs PublicationsRead the full story from the University of Michigan.

The SCC’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act Decision: A win for climate change protection, but what’s next?


On March 25, 2021 the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision References re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act , 2021 SCC 11.[1] 1] While the question before the Court was the scope of the federal government’s jurisdiction, the practical effect of the decision was describing how climate change prevention could be legislated in Canada. Summary of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act Decision. Effect on Climate Change Litigation.

Standing dead trees in ‘ghost forests’ contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

Environmental News Bits

While standing dead trees in ghost forests did not release as much greenhouse gas emissions as the soils, they did increase GHG emissions of the overall ecosystem by about 25 percent, a new study has found. Read more → Climate change PublicationsRead the full story from North Carolina State University.

Webinar: Closing the loop for the climate: Harnessing the circular economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Environmental News Bits

C, global emissions need to reach net-zero by the mid-century, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 2018 report. Achieving this goal will require unprecedented action to tackle emissions from the production, consumption and disposal… Read more → Circular economy Climate change Events Green businessSept 28, 2021, 9 am CDTRegister here. In order to limit global warming to below 1.5°C,

Global Climate Change: What you must know Today

Nature Talkies

Climate change links with disturbance in the concentration of greenhouse gases, resulting in the rise of average global temperature. As goes by the studies, the effects of global climate change are impacting every sphere of life today.

Taking Climate Change to the International Court of Justice: Legal and Procedural Issues

Law Columbia

Note: On September 26, 2019, the Vanuatu Permanent Mission to the United Nations hosted a workshop on seeking an advisory opinion on climate change from the International Court of Justice. To my knowledge every lawyer and scholar who has looked at the issue of presenting a climate change case to the ICJ has concluded that an advisory opinion is the way to go. By Michael B. Gerrard.

The contribution of automakers to climate change: broadening the reach of private sector defendants in climate litigation

Law Columbia

The cases represent the first climate lawsuits against the auto industry outside the United States. The significance of the case relies on the role of auto companies in the climate crisis. DUH argues that the automakers are violating the fundamental right to climate protection and impinging on the rights and freedoms of future generations by not adhering to a “fair” carbon budget. The claim is grounded on the Paris Agreement and the German Climate Protection Act (KSG).

Climate change and the US Clean Air Act

Environment, Law, and History

President Nixon signs the Clean Air Act of 1970 Richard Revesz recently posted a piece on climate change regulation, " Bostock and the End of the Climate Change Double Standard" , forthcoming in the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. air climate legislation USA

Submarine Permafrost Has Been Overlooked as a Major Source of Greenhouse Gases, Scientists Warn

Yale E360

Scientists have found that permafrost buried beneath the Arctic Ocean holds 60 billion tons of methane and 560 billion tons of organic carbon — making it a major source of greenhouse gases not currently included in climate projections that could have a significant impact on climate change in the longer-term. Read more on E360 ?.

The Great Climate Change Race Between The Rising Threat and Our Increasing Ability to "Take a Punch"

Environmental and Urban Economics

In their important book: The Race Between Education and Technology, Claudia Goldin and Larry Katz use a supply and demand framework to discuss changes in the U.S I have sketched out this importance race because it helps to set up the pitch for my new Yale Press book " Adapting to Climate Change". Greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise over the next decades and this will exacerbate climate change risk in both predictable and unpredictable ways.

Renewable Energy Efforts Highlighted in Draft Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Louisiana

The Energy Law Blog

Governor Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force, charged with making recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions originating in Louisiana, recently took another step towards that goal.

Sen. Comitta, Rep. Herrin Discuss RGGI Investments Act, Climate Change During Online Program

PA Environment Daily

Dianne Herrin (D-Chester), member of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, met with more than 100 concerned citizens July 28 during a webinar focused on climate change impacts in Pennsylvania, and the best solutions at our disposal to reverse course.

Analysis: Tesla’s Bitcoin about-face is a warning for cryptocurrencies that ignore climate change

A Greener Life

Tesla’s stance is a big winner for both the climate and the company’s “green” reputation. A recent study in Nature concluded Bitcoin operations in China are on track to produce 130 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2024 – more than the entire economy of the Czech Republic.

Louisiana Climate Initiatives Interim Report Highlights Goals for Developing Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Energy Law Blog

Governor Edwards’ Climate Initiatives Task Force published the Louisiana Climate Initiatives Interim Report earlier this month, which outlines the process by which the Task Force plans to develop climate actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Louisiana. In February 2020, Governor Edwards committed to forming a Climate Initiatives Task Force for the purpose of developing recommendations to address greenhouse gas emissions.

Reason for Hope: New Study Highlights how Washington’s Natural Spaces Can Help Fight Climate Change

Washington Nature

The latest science coming from a partnership between The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the University of Washington (UW) highlights ways nature can help Washington achieve its net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal by midcentury. What are Natural Climate Solutions?