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 2024

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Article: New York Environmental Legislation in 2023, Michael B. Gerrard

Publications from 2023

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Article: Beyond the North–South Divide: Litigation's Role in Resolving Climate Change Loss and Damage Claims, Maria Antonia Tigre and Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh

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Article: Developing Model Federal Legislation to Advance Safe and Responsible Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal Research in the United States, Romany M. Webb and Korey Silverman-Roati

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Article: Executive Actions to Ensure Safe and Responsible Ocean Carbon Dioxide Removal Research in the United States, Romany M. Webb and Korey Silverman-Roati

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Article: In California and Europe, a New Dawn for Corporate Climate Disclosure, Magali Delmas, Michael B. Gerrard, and Eric Orts

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Article: International Recognition of the Right to a Healthy Environment: What Is the Added Value for Latin America and the Caribbean?, Maria Antonia Tigre

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Article: New York Adopts Nation’s Strongest Environmental Justice Law, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: New York Environmental Legislation in 2022, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: New York's Green Amendment: The First Decisions, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: NY, New Jersey Adopt Laws Requiring Flood Risk Disclosure for Homebuyers, Tenants, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: Research Priorities for Climate Litigation, Jessica A. Wentz, Delta Merner, Benjamin Franta, Alessandra Lehmen, and Peter C. Frumhoff

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Article: Statehood and Sea-Level Rise: Scenarios and Options, Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: Survey of 2022 Cases Under State Environmental Quality Review Act, Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan

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Article: The Legal Case for Equity in Local Climate Action Planning, Amy E. Turner

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Article: Transnational Insights for Climate Litigation at the European Court of Human Rights: A South-North Perspective in Pursuit of Climate Justice, Melanie Murcott, Maria Antonia Tigre, and Nesa Zimmermann

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Article: Waste and Chemical Management in a 4°C World, Michael B. Gerrard

Book: Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Michael B. Gerrard, Jody Freeman, and Michael Burger

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Paper: Permitting CO2 Pipelines, Martin Lockman

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Report: Climate Change in the Courts: A 2023 Retrospective, Maria Antonia Tigre and Margaret Barry

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Report: Decommissioning Liability at the End of Offshore Oil and Gas: A Review of International Obligations, National Laws, and Contractual Approaches in Ten Jurisdictions, Martin Lockman, Martin Dietrich Brauch, Esteban F. Fresno Rodríguez, and José Luis Gallardo Torres

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Report: Energy Insecurity Mitigation: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and Other Low-Income Relief Programs in the US, Andrea Nishi, Diana Hernández, and Michael B. Gerrard

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Report: Expert Insights on Best Practices for Community Benefits Agreements, Matthew Eisenson and Romany M. Webb

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Report: Global Climate Litigation Report: 2023 Status Review, Michael Burger and Maria Antonia Tigre

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Report: ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Climate Change: Summary of Briefs and Statements Submitted to the Tribunal, Maria Antonia Tigre and Korey Silverman-Roati

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Report: Just Transition Litigation in Latin America: An Initial Categorization of Climate Litigation Cases Amid the Energy Transition, Maria Antonia Tigre, Lorena Zenteno, Marlies Hesselman, Natalia Urzola, Pedro Cisterna-Gaete, and Riccardo Luporini

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Report: Modelling Climate Litigation Risk for (Re)Insurers, Martin Lockman

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Report: Opposition to Renewable Energy Facilities in the United States: May 2023 Edition, Matthew Eisenson

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Report: Status Report on Principles of International and Human Rights Law Relevant to Climate Change, Katelyn Horne, Maria Antonia Tigre, and Michael B. Gerrard

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Report/Policy Paper: Antitrust and Sustainability: A Landscape Analysis, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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Report/Policy Paper: Transferred Emissions Are Still Emissions: Why Fossil Fuel Asset Sales Need Enhanced Transparency and Carbon Accounting, Jack Arnold, Martin Lockman, Perrine Toledano, Martin Dietrich Brauch, Shraman Sen, and Michael Burger

Publications from 2022

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Article: A Time for Triage, Michael B. Gerrard

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Article: Climate Change and Indigenous Groups: The Rise of Indigenous Voices in Climate Litigation, Maria Antonia Tigre

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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: 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

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

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: 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

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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

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: Direct Air Capture: An Emerging Necessity to Fight Climate Change, Michael B. Gerrard

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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: 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