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A Flaw In California's Cap-And-Trade Plan, Alan Ramo, Janet Redman Nov 2013

A Flaw In California's Cap-And-Trade Plan, Alan Ramo, Janet Redman

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California has made clear its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But is it taking the right steps to do so? The state has set a goal of returning to 1990 emissions levels by 2020. It has adopted renewable energy standards, driven the national trend in controlling automobile emissions and instituted a cap-and-trade program aimed at curbing climate pollution from power plants, refineries and other "stationary sources" of emissions. But a low-profile bill scheduled for consideration by the Legislature next year has exposed that, at least as far as its cap-and-trade program is concerned, California may be off-track. As it ...


Food Insecurity Impacts On The U.S. Poor As The World Warms, Helen Kang Oct 2013

Food Insecurity Impacts On The U.S. Poor As The World Warms, Helen Kang

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Studies exploring the vulnerability of human populations to climate change-induced food insecurity have understandably focused on developing nations, where 98 percent of the world’s hungry are. The threat to food security in those regions is indeed a critical issue as climate change affects every aspect of food security: food availability or amount of food production; food access, which refers to the ability of a person or community to acquire an adequate supply of available food; utilization or the ability to attain necessary nutrition from the acquired food; and stability, which refers to the ability to consistently access food in ...


Ninth Circuit Upholds Cal. Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Alan Ramo, Tim O’Connor Oct 2013

Ninth Circuit Upholds Cal. Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Alan Ramo, Tim O’Connor

CUEL - Center for Urban Environmental Law

The Ninth Circuit’s decision September 18, 2013, reversing the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union District Court preliminary injunction, virtually vindicated the California Air Resources Board’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (“LCFS”). It was also a resounding affirmation by the panel’s majority of California’s overall experiment in addressing climate change on the state level.


Prestigious American Bar Association (Aba) Award To Ggu Law’S Environmental Law And Justice Clinic (Eljc), Lisa Lomba Jul 2013

Prestigious American Bar Association (Aba) Award To Ggu Law’S Environmental Law And Justice Clinic (Eljc), Lisa Lomba

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The Environmental Law & Justice Clinic at Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law) has received the Dedication to Diversity and Justice Award from the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. The award recognizes and honors the accomplishments of leading organizations in the areas of environmental justice and those who embrace a commitment to gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the areas of environment, energy, and natural resources. GGU Law’s ELJC received the award for its achievements in significantly reducing pollution in numerous underrepresented communities living amidst manufacturing and power plants.


Epa: Violation Of Airborne Lead Standards At Two California Airports Agency Continues To Delay Action On Toxic Effects Of Lead In Aviation Fuel, Earthjustice Jun 2013

Epa: Violation Of Airborne Lead Standards At Two California Airports Agency Continues To Delay Action On Toxic Effects Of Lead In Aviation Fuel, Earthjustice

Articles About Faculty

This press release from Earthjustice highlights the work of Prof. Behles and the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic.


Lying In The Sun, Andy Brunner-Brown Apr 2013

Lying In The Sun, Andy Brunner-Brown

GGU Law Review Blog

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Bay Area Air Quality Management District 2012 Annual Report, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jan 2013

Bay Area Air Quality Management District 2012 Annual Report, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

California Agencies

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Environmental Justice As An Essential Tool In Environmental Review Statutes — A New Look At Federal Policies And Civil Rights Protections And California’S Recent Initiatives, Alan Ramo Jan 2013

Environmental Justice As An Essential Tool In Environmental Review Statutes — A New Look At Federal Policies And Civil Rights Protections And California’S Recent Initiatives, Alan Ramo

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Recent litigation by the California Attorney General has sparked renewed interest in the role of environmental justice under federal and state project environmental review laws. Some say that inserting environmental justice into environmental review marks a “radical expansion” of the role of social justice in environmental review. Environmental justice is now a wellestablished federal legal doctrine addressing communities disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards as a result of their social or economic demographics. The doctrine is supported by President Clinton’s executive order, along with agency guidelines and regulations under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), which govern federal project environmental ...


From Dirty To Green: Increasing Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy In Environmental Justice Communities, Deborah N. Behles Jan 2013

From Dirty To Green: Increasing Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy In Environmental Justice Communities, Deborah N. Behles

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The stifling summer heat that raged across the nation was difficult for everyone, but one group had a more difficult time than others—those who could not afford to cool their homes. Disparities like these will likely only get worse. Poor communities of color that are already vulnerable and disproportionately impacted by pollution will shoulder a larger burden of climate change impacts. These neighborhoods, often called environmental justice communities, have fewer resources to adapt to the effects of climate change. More measures should be taken to increase the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in environmental justice communities before ...


Empowerment, Fairness, Integration: South African Answers To The Question Of Constitutional Environmental Rights, Eric Christiansen Jan 2013

Empowerment, Fairness, Integration: South African Answers To The Question Of Constitutional Environmental Rights, Eric Christiansen

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This Article will assess the current level of constitutional protection provided by the South African Constitution and its potential to facilitate and influence the uncertain rise of constitutional environmental rights in the modern era. Following this Introduction, Part II recreates and examines the process by which environmental protections became part of the post-apartheid South African Constitution, drawing from original source research. Part III provides a detailed analysis of the textual right that arose from the constitutional process and reviews the core environmental case law of the Constitutional Court so far. And the final section, Part IV, analyzes the viability of ...