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Climate Engineering Field Research: The Favorable Setting Of International Environmental Law, Jesse Reynolds 2014 SelectedWorks

Climate Engineering Field Research: The Favorable Setting Of International Environmental Law, Jesse Reynolds

Jesse Reynolds

As forecasts for climate change and its impacts have become more dire, climate engineering proposals have come under increasing consideration and are presently moving toward field trials. This article examines the relevant international environmental law, distinguishing between climate engineering research and deployment. It also emphasizes the climate change context of these proposals and the enabling function of law. Extant international environmental law generally favors such field tests, in large part because, even though field trials may present uncertain risks to humans and the environment, climate engineering may reduce the greater risks of climate change. Notably, this favorable legal setting is ...


Land Use And The Climate Bubble: The Due Diligence Defense, John R. Nolon 2014 Pace University

Land Use And The Climate Bubble: The Due Diligence Defense, John R. Nolon

Pace Law Faculty Publications

This article examines events on the ground in several localities where climate change is lowering property values and analyzes how those changes in value can be reckoned with by regulators. The article merges practices and principles of real estate transactions and finance with those of land use and environmental regulation.

Climate change is a planetary phenomenon whose environmental implications are far-reaching. Reports on climate change consequences increasingly focus on what is happening locally and presently, while speculation continues about long-term global consequences. In numerous communities, property values are declining because of repeated flooding, continued threats of storm surges, sustained high ...


Testimony Before The Committee On Science, Space, And Technology, Subcommittee On Oversight And Environment, U.S. House Of Representatives Hearing On Status Of Reforms To Epa's Integrated Risk Information System, July 16, 2014, Rena I. Steinzor 2014 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Testimony Before The Committee On Science, Space, And Technology, Subcommittee On Oversight And Environment, U.S. House Of Representatives Hearing On Status Of Reforms To Epa's Integrated Risk Information System, July 16, 2014, Rena I. Steinzor

Congressional Testimony

No abstract provided.


Renewable Energy: Where We Are Now And How Renewable Energy Investment And Development Can Be Expanded, Kevin M. Walsh 2014 SelectedWorks

Renewable Energy: Where We Are Now And How Renewable Energy Investment And Development Can Be Expanded, Kevin M. Walsh

Kevin M Walsh

The renewable energy field is currently stifled because many renewable energy developments require tax equity investors to provide additional funds to get the project off the ground and running. The Code provides tax credits to incentivize investors to invest. Currently, the Investment Tax Credit (“ITC”) is the only available credit left for renewable projects placed in service from 2014 on. Tax credits are a step in the right direction to encourage renewable investment; however, the credits are limited in application mostly to large financial institutions. Moreover, investments into one specific renewable energy project can be risky because there is no ...


"You Must Remember This:" Nothing Lasts A Hundred Years, David D. Butler 2014 SelectedWorks

"You Must Remember This:" Nothing Lasts A Hundred Years, David D. Butler

David D. Butler

Much of what any given generation thinks of as "natural," is, in fact, the result of a prevoious generation's civil engineering projects. Medieval French peasants used to say that mythical giants built the Roman acquiducts of Southern France, because the notion that mere humans could have constructed such systems was simply beyond their post Black-Death conception.


A Legal Approach To The Improvement Of Energy Efficiency In Europe And The United States: Greening The Existing Building Stock, Teresa -. Parejo 2014 SelectedWorks

A Legal Approach To The Improvement Of Energy Efficiency In Europe And The United States: Greening The Existing Building Stock, Teresa -. Parejo

Teresa - Parejo

In large cities buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU, and 70% of energy consumption and 40% of CO2 emissions in the US. Hence, improving the energy performance of buildings is a very cost-effective way to fight against climate change.

Most of the potential for energy savings is in existing buildings so they provide the greatest opportunities and challenges, but the measures adopted until today to improve energy efficiency, despite some innovative proposals, have been insufficient and mainly focused in new buildings. All the actions developed either by the EU and ...


Testimony Before The Committee On Energy And Commerce, Subcommittee On Environment And Economics, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing On Constitutional Considerations: States Vs. Federal Environmental Policy Implementation July 11, 2014, Rena I. Steinzor 2014 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Testimony Before The Committee On Energy And Commerce, Subcommittee On Environment And Economics, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing On Constitutional Considerations: States Vs. Federal Environmental Policy Implementation July 11, 2014, Rena I. Steinzor

Congressional Testimony

No abstract provided.


Environmental Law Outside The Canon, Todd S. Aagaard 2014 Maurer School of Law: Indiana University

Environmental Law Outside The Canon, Todd S. Aagaard

Indiana Law Journal

It is time to rethink the domination of environmental law by a canon of major federal statutes enacted in the 1970s. Environmental law is in a malaise. Despite widespread agreement that existing laws are inadequate to address current environmental problems, Congress has not passed a major environmental statute in more than twenty years. If it is to succeed, the environmental law of this new century may need to evolve into something that looks quite different than the extant environmental law canon. The next generation of environmental laws must be viable for creation and implementation even in an antagonistic political climate ...


The International Regulation Of Climate Engineering: Lessons From Nuclear Power, Jesse Reynolds 2014 SelectedWorks

The International Regulation Of Climate Engineering: Lessons From Nuclear Power, Jesse Reynolds

Jesse Reynolds

Proposals for climate engineering—intentional large-scale interventions in climate systems—are increasingly under consideration as potential additional responses to climate change, yet they pose risks of their own. Existing international regulation of large-scale field testing and deployment is considered inadequate. This article looks to the closest existing analogy—nuclear power—for lessons, and concludes that climate engineering research will most likely be promoted and will not be the subject of a binding multilateral agreement in the near future. Instead, climate engineering and its research will probably be internationally regulated gradually, with an initially low degree of legalisation, and through a ...


Consequences For Cleanup: Epa Gets Serious About Weak Watershed Improvement Plans, Rena I. Steinzor, Anne Havemann 2014 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Consequences For Cleanup: Epa Gets Serious About Weak Watershed Improvement Plans, Rena I. Steinzor, Anne Havemann

Faculty Scholarship

In a landmark series of reports issued on June 26, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) put the seven jurisdictions that pollute the Chesapeake Bay on notice that their plans for reducing nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment fall short of where they must be to make cleanup by 2025 a reality. By EPA’s reckoning, Pennsylvania and Delaware were furthest off the mark, but Maryland, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia face EPA action if they fail to substantially improve their plans. Of the seven jurisdictions, only Washington, D.C. escaped serious criticism.


Waste 2.0: Updating California's Electric-Waste Recycling Policies For The Digital Age, Mary Loung 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law

Waste 2.0: Updating California's Electric-Waste Recycling Policies For The Digital Age, Mary Loung

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

When electronic products are improperly disposed of or sent to unregulated recycling sites, the e-waste breaks down in the area without appropriate safeguards. Toxic substances like mercury, lead, and arsenic are then released into the ground, causing soil, water, and air contamination. These e-waste toxins are known to have caused cancer, respiratory illness, and reproductive problems. Also, the chance to reclaim valuable materials and safely recycle the toxic materials is lost forever under the mountain of garbage. Therefore, finding innovative and all-encompassing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle electronics products is important in solving this e-waste crisis.

As the e-waste ...


Maintaining The California Environmental Quality Act's Informational Goals Under The Use Of Design-Build, Christopher L. Garcia 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law

Maintaining The California Environmental Quality Act's Informational Goals Under The Use Of Design-Build, Christopher L. Garcia

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

Today’s environmentally conscious world demands that those who undertake construction projects consider their effects on air and water quality, the flora and fauna, and where people will live, among other public concerns. Chief in ensuring that these impacts are considered before construction in the Golden State is the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). CEQA is “the cornerstone of California’s environmental laws,” requiring mitigation, public comment, and controls approval of construction projects that may potentially have a significant effect on the environment. At its core, CEQA is a comprehensive environmental protection and informational statute designed to ensure that the ...


Effective Environmental Policymaking: A Regional Review Of Codifying Policy Through Citizen-Sponsored Ballot Measures, Elizabeth Colman 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law

Effective Environmental Policymaking: A Regional Review Of Codifying Policy Through Citizen-Sponsored Ballot Measures, Elizabeth Colman

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

In order to assess the value of the statewide ballot measure as a tool for environmental advocates, this Comment will explore the electoral outcomes of citizen-sponsored statewide environmental ballot measures in four Pacific states with a long history of direct democracy. California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, all rich in pristine lands, make up just one region of the American political landscape, but they provide a meaningful picture of the history of environmental ballot measures.

This Comment narrows the broad topic of “environmental” ballot measures into six workable categories of environmental ballot measure. Using this framework, the aim of this Comment ...


Water Management: From An Uncertain Present To A Sustainable Future, Katherine A. Spanos 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law

Water Management: From An Uncertain Present To A Sustainable Future, Katherine A. Spanos

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

Over the last ten years, two separate water management planning efforts in California—integrated regional water management and climate change planning—have come together in a way that provides similar lessons to help different interests find common ground for water management solutions. This planning synthesis has resulted in a significant change in the way California now addresses issues of water management.

After a brief background discussion (Part II), Part III of this Article examines the history of the merger of these two initiatives. Part IV explores an approach for water management based on the experience gained from this history. This ...


Tellez V. Dole: Nicaraguan Banana Workers Confront The U.S. Judicial System, Armin Rosencranz, Stephen Roblin 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law

Tellez V. Dole: Nicaraguan Banana Workers Confront The U.S. Judicial System, Armin Rosencranz, Stephen Roblin

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

No abstract provided.


In This Edition, Cynthia Tyler, Andrew J. Graf 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law

In This Edition, Cynthia Tyler, Andrew J. Graf

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

It is with great honor and pleasure that we introduce Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal’s seventh Pacific Region Edition. This edition features a diverse range of articles authored by legal scholars and comments by current students with a focus on environmental issues affecting the Pacific Region and the United States.


Table Of Contents, 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law

Table Of Contents

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Masthead, 2014 Golden Gate University School of Law

Masthead

Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal

No abstract provided.


Off-Road Torts: The Difficulties Of Representing A Client Injured Due To Defects In Vehicles Modified For Off-Road Use Or Injured Due To A Dangerous Condition Of The Land., Nicholas Morgan 2014 SelectedWorks

Off-Road Torts: The Difficulties Of Representing A Client Injured Due To Defects In Vehicles Modified For Off-Road Use Or Injured Due To A Dangerous Condition Of The Land., Nicholas Morgan

Nicholas Morgan

No abstract provided.


Quantifying Regulatory Benefits, Richard L. Revesz 2014 NELLCO

Quantifying Regulatory Benefits, Richard L. Revesz

New York University Law and Economics Working Papers

In Nonquantifiable, the 2013 Jorde Lecture at the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Cass Sunstein makes a persuasive argument that administrative agencies should engage in breakeven analysis when they are not able to quantify or monetize some or all of the benefits of a particular regulation. This technique adds useful structure to regulatory decisions that otherwise would appear to be manipulable and arbitrary.

This Comment argues that breakeven analysis is a second-best technique. The most that it can aspire to do is to create upper and lower bounds that provide useful guidance for the evaluation of a benefit. If ...


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