The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law develops legal techniques to fight climate change, trains law students and lawyers in their use, and provides the public with up-to-date resources on key topics in climate law and regulation. The center works closely with Columbia University's Earth Institute and with governmental, nongovernmental and academic organizations.

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Publications from 2022

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Article: A Time for Triage, Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency: The Agency's Climate Authority, Michael B. Gerrard, Joanne Spalding, Jill Tauber, and Keith Matthews

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Article: Exploring the Bedrock for Earth Jurisprudence, Maria Antonia Tigre

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Article: Legislature Expands State’s Jurisdiction Over Freshwater Wetlands, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Liability for Public Deception: Linking Fossil Fuel Disinformation to Climate Damages, Jessica A. Wentz and Benjamin Franta

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Article: New York Environmental Legislation in 2021, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Reframing Global Biodiversity Protection after COVID-19: Is International Environmental Law up to the Task?, Maria Antonia Tigre, Natalia Urzola, and Victoria Lichet

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Article: Regulation of Polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals in New York, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Three New Federal Laws Aid New York’s Compliance With Climate Goals, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Who Decides Where the Renewables Should Go?: A Response to Danielle Stokes’ Renewable Energy Federalism, Michael B. Gerrard

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Paper: A Pause on Proof-of-Work: The New York State Executive Branch's Authority to Enact a Moratorium on the Permitting of Consolidated Proof-of-Work Cryptocurrency Mining Facilities, Jacob Elkin

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Paper: Climate Science in Adaptation Litigation in the U.S., Jacob Elkin

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Paper: Helping New Jersey State Agencies and Departments Align Their Actions with GHG Reduction Mandates and Environmental Justice Principles, Jennifer Danis and Zoe Makoul

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Paper: Permitting Seaweed Cultivation for Carbon Sequestration in California: Barriers and Recommendations, Korey Silverman-Roati, Romany M. Webb, and Michael B. Gerrard

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Paper: Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Artificial Upwelling and Downwelling: Legal Challenges and Opportunities, Romany M. Webb, Korey Silverman-Roati, and Michael B. Gerrard

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Paper: Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Ocean Fertilization: Legal Challenges and Opportunities, Korey Silverman-Roati, Romany M. Webb, and Michael Gerrard

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Paper: The Carbon Market and its Regulation in Brazil, Gabriel Wedy, Weber Amaral, and Cacia Pimentel

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Report: Evaluating Climate Risk in NEPA Reviews: Current Practices and Recommendations for Reform, Romany M. Webb, Michael Panfil, Stephanie H. Jones, and Dena Adler

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Report: Incorporating Climate Change in NEPA Reviews: Recommendations for Reform, Michael Burger, Romany M. Webb, and Jessica A. Wentz

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Report: Opposition to Renewable Energy Facilities in the United States: March 2022 Edition, Hillary Aidun, Jacob Elkin, Radhika Goyal, Kate Marsh, Neely McKee, Maris Welch, Leah Adelman, and Shane Finn

Publications from 2021

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Article: Emerging State-Level Environmental Justice Laws, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Global Southerners in the North, Ama Francis

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Article: How Biden’s Environmental Policies Will Affect New York, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Legal Pathways to Biden's Climate Goals, Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: Making America A Better Place for All: Sustainable Development Recommendations for the Biden Administration, John C. Dernbach, Scott E. Schang, Robert W. Adler, Karol Boudreaux, John Bouman, Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Kimberly Brown, Mikhail Chester, Michael B. Gerrard, Stephen Herzenberg, Samuel Markolf, Corey Malone-Smolla, Jane Nelson, Uma Outka, Tony Pipa, Alexandra Phelan, LeRoy Paddock, Jonathan D. Rosenbloom, William Snape, Anastasia Telesetsky, Gerald Torres, Elizabeth Ann Kronk Warner, and Audra Wilson

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Article: Migrants Can Make International Law, Ama Francis

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Article: Next Mayor Will Inherit Job of Implementing 2019 Law Setting Building Emissions Caps, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Potential Tensions Between New York’s Climate Change Laws and Historic Preservation Laws, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Presidential Progress on Climate Change: Will the Courts Interfere With What Needs to Be Done to Save Our Planet?, Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: Review of 2020 Cases Under SEQRA, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Smart Surfaces, Smart Cities: Reducing Heat and Promoting Equity in Urban Areas, Hillary Aidun

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Article: Taking from States: Sovereign Immunity's Preclusive Effect on Private Takings of State Land, Jennifer Danis and Michael Bloom

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Article: The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution, Michael Burger, Jessica A. Wentz, and Radley Horton

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Paper: Attribution Science in Takings Litigation, Daniel J. Metzger

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Paper: Climate Attribution Science and The Endangered Species Act, Jessica A. Wentz

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Paper: Climate Change and Innovation in Brazil: Threats and Opportunities, Gabriel Wedy and Cacia Pimentel

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Paper: Global Governance of Environmental Mobility: Latin America & the Caribbean, Ama Francis

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Paper: The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act’s Environmental Justice Promise, Hillary Aidun, Julia Li, and Antonia Pereira

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Paper: The Law of Enhanced Weathering for Carbon Dioxide Removal: Volume 2 – Legal Issues Associated with Materials Sourcing, Romany M. Webb

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Paper: U.S. Climate Litigation in the Age of Trump: Full Term, Korey Silverman-Roati

Podcast: Defending the Planet Ep0: Introducing Defending the Planet, Michael B. Gerrard, Shannon R. Marcoux, and Andrew C. Revkin

Podcast: Defending the Planet Ep1: The Biden Reset, Michael B. Gerrard, Catherine McCabe, and Jedediah S. Purdy

Podcast: Defending the Planet Ep2: The Power of States, Michael B. Gerrard, Steve Bullock, and Jessica Bulman-Pozen

Podcast: Defending the Planet Ep3: Back in the Paris Pact, Michael B. Gerrard, Laurence Tubiana, and Susan Biniaz

Podcast: Defending the Planet Ep4: Climate Change in the Courts, Michael B. Gerrard, Michael Burger, and Peter Lehner

Podcast: Defending the Planet Ep5: The Climate Refugee Crisis, Michael B. Gerrard, Michael W. Doyle, and Ama Francis

Podcast: Defending the Planet Ep6: Environmental Justice, Michael B. Gerrard, Olatunde C.A. Johnson, and Ruth Santiago

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Report: Cities Climate Law: A Legal Framework for Local Action in the U.S., Amy E. Turner and Michael Burger

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Report: Opposition to Renewable Energy Facilities in the United States, Hillary Aidun, Radhika Goyal, Kate Marsh, Neely McKee, and Maris Welch

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Report: Principles of International Law and the Adoption of a Market-Based Mechanism for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Shipping, Hillary Aidun, Daniel J. Metzger, and Michael B. Gerrard

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Report: Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement and Seaweed Cultivation: Legal Challenges and Opportunities, Romany M. Webb, Korey Silverman-Roati, and Michael B. Gerrard

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Report: Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement: Legal Challenges and Opportunities, Romany M. Webb, Korey Silverman-Roati, and Michael B. Gerrard

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Report: Removing Carbon Dioxide Through Seaweed Cultivation: Legal Challenges and Opportunities, Korey Silverman-Roati, Michael B. Gerrard, and Romany M. Webb

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Report: The Legal Framework for Offshore Carbon Capture and Storage in Canada, Romany M. Webb and Michael B. Gerrard

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Report: Using New York Law to Advance Equity in the Transportation & Climate Initiative Program, Hillary Aidun, Ama Francis, and Michael B. Gerrard

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Working Paper: America's Zero Carbon Action Plan: Federal Legislative and Administrative Framework, John C. Dernbach and Michael B. Gerrard

Publications from 2020

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Article: An Environmental Lawyer's Fraught Quest for Legal Tools to Hold Back the Seas, Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: Biden Administration Will Reverse Many Trump Environmental Policies, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You – Report Three: National Climate Change Legal Frameworks in Asia and the Pacific, Dena Adler, Hillary Aidun, Michael Burger, Ama Francis, Briony Eales, and Maria Cecilia T. Sicango

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Article: Climate Change, FERC, and Natural Gas Pipelines: The Legal Basis for Considering Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act, Romany M. Webb

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Article: How Agency Science is Under Threat, Romany M. Webb

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Article: Legal Tools for Achieving Low Traffic Zones (LTZs): LEZ, ULEZ & Congestion Pricing in the U.S. Law Context, Amy E. Turner

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Article: New York Can Lead World in Fighting Climate Change, Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: New York Environmental Legislation in 2019, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: New York’s New Statute on Siting Renewable Energy Facilities, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Sabin Center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Plan, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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Article: The Law and Science of Climate Change Attribution, Michael Burger, Jessica A. Wentz, and Radley Horton

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Article: The Perils of Relying on FEMA Flood Maps in Real Estate Transactions, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: The Role of Lawyers in Decarbonizing Society, Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: When Politics Trump Science: The Erosion of Science-Based Regulation, Romany M. Webb, Lauren Kurtz, and Susan Rosenthal

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Paper: After Madrid, W[h]ither the COP?, Susan Biniaz

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Paper: Climate Financing Options: An Assessment for Columbia World Project – Ghana Household Energy, Ama Francis

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Paper: Legal Levers For Cleaner Air in Kolkata: An Assessment of Local Legal Authority, Ama Francis

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Paper: Summary: Combating Climate Change with Section 115 of the Clean Air Act, Jonathan Cannon, Ann E. Carlson, Greg Dotson, Michael B. Gerrard, Justin Gundlach, Jayni Foley Hein, Cale Jaffe, Michael A. Livermore, Jason A. Schwartz, Daniel Selmi, Jessica A. Wentz, Philip S. Barnett, Keith J. Benes, and Alexandra E. Teitz

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Paper: The Contact Group on Somali Piracy: An Unlikely Model for Protecting the Environment?, Susan Biniaz

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Paper: The Law of Enhanced Weathering for Carbon Dioxide Removal, Romany M. Webb

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Report: Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You – Report Four: International Climate Change Legal Frameworks, Maria Cecilia T. Sicango

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Report: Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You – Report One: Report Series Purpose and Introduction to Climate Science, Briony Eales

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Report: Climate Change, Coming Soon to a Court Near You – Report Two: Climate Litigation in Asia and the Pacific and Beyond, Briony Eales, Ama Francis, Michael Burger, Romany M. Webb, Jessica A. Wentz, Dena Adler, Gregorio Rafael P. Bueta, and Francesse Joy J. Cordon-Navarro

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Report: Climate Recommendations For a New Democratic President and a New Congress: A Compilation, Clara Grieder and Jordan Gerow

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Report: Climate Reregulation in a Biden Administration, Michael Burger, Daniel J. Metzger, Hillary Aidun, and Susan Biniaz

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Report: Climate Risk in the Electricity Sector: Legal Obligations to Advance Climate Resilience Planning by Electric Utilities, Romany M. Webb, Michael Panfil, and Sarah Ladin

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Report: Compilation of Recommendations to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in New York State, Kate Marsh, Neely McKee, and Jordan Gerow

Publications from 2019

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Article: Annual Review of Developments Under SEQRA, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Changing the National Flood Insurance Program for a Changing Climate, Dena Adler, Michael Burger, Rob Moore, and Joel Scata

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Article: Determining Climate Responsibility: Government Liability for Hurricane Katrina?, Teresa Chan, Michael Burger, Vincent Colatriano, and John Echeverria

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Article: How Lawyers Can Help Save the Planet, Michael B. Gerrard and John C. Dernbach

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Article: New Climate Law Will Reshape NY’s Key Sectors, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: New York Environmental Legislation in 2018, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: New York’s New Congestion Pricing Law, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Overcoming Impediments to Offshore CO2 Storage: Legal Issues in the U.S. and Canada, Romany M. Webb and Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: Three Legal Visions of a ‘Green New Deal’, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

Book: Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, Michael B. Gerrard and John C. Dernbach

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Newsletter: Environmental Law in New York, Michael B. Gerrard

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Paper: Breaking the Cycle of "Flood-Rebuild-Repeat": Local and State Options to Improve Substantial Damage and Improvement Standards in the National Flood Insurance Program, Dena Adler and Joel Scata

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Paper: Free-Movement Agreements & Climate-Induced Migration: A Caribbean Case Study, Ama Francis

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Paper: State Hazard Mitigation Plans & Climate Change: Rating the States 2019 Update, Dena P. Adler and Emma Gosliner

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Paper: Survey of Greenhouse Gas Considerations in Federal Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments for Fossil Fuel-Related Projects, 2017-2018, Madeleine Siegel and Alexander Loznak

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Paper: U.S. Climate Change Litigation in the Age of Trump: Year Two, Dena P. Adler

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Report: Threats to the Brazilian Environment and Environmental Policy, Thomas J. Trebat, Laura Nora, and Inga Caldwell