climate change

October 19, 2018

Court decision involving EPA temperature TMDL for Columbia and Snake Rivers has implications for climate change, warming waters, and species . . .

On October 18, the District Court for Western District of Washington rejected EPA’s motion for summary judgment arguing that the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq. did not require EPA to develop a temperature Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for the Columbia and lower Snake River.  (court order linked here)  The Columbia […]
February 19, 2018

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Carbon Dioxide

by Mary Ellen Ternes Reprinted from ABA with permission NR&E Winter 2018 There is a train wreck happening in U.S. climate policy that will not be resolved soon. But perhaps carbon capture and utilization can assist while we figure this out. As a former chemical engineer from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Superfund and […]
November 21, 2017

Act of God, Foreseeable Risk, or Hedging Opportunity?

Original Published in CFO November 21, 2017 | CFO.com | US Whether you’re in a domestic enterprise or a multinational conglomerate, climate change will impact what you do. In fact, it’s already happening. Climate change influences a majority of the most fundamental activities performed by CFOs. Why? Because climate change can damage assets, impact the availability of natural […]
September 6, 2017

Improvements in Attribution Science may Inform Retrospective Analysis of Harvey

Oxford scientists are proceeding with a retrospective analysis of human influence on the severity of the extreme weather event in Texas and Louisiana. The last annual report issued as the Bulletin of Atmospheric and Meteorologic Society indicated that attribution science had improved – being able to attribute portions of, or intensity increases to, heat waves, wildfire and […]
August 28, 2017

Link Between Stronger Science and Climate Litigation Risks – New Report

Nature Geoscience‘s publishes ‘Acts of God, human influence and litigation‘ – a report, co-authored by Earth & Water Law Partner Lindene Patton, which looks at how developments in attribution science impact legal foreseeability of extreme weather events and the duties of built environment professionals, business and government in the face of a changing climate. Read More: New […]
June 30, 2017

Clean Coal Futures?

Is Southern Co.’s announced cessation of carbon capture efforts at its Kemper County, Mississippi power plant an indication of the U.S. future for carbon capture? Even with the current administration expressing support for carbon capture and clean coal technologies, such as Southern Co.’s Kemper County coal gasification plant, carbon capture implementation still faces many uncertainties, […]
September 19, 2016

E&W's Parker Reports on Fraud in EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Program

In a newly released report, E&W Strategies’ president, Doug Parker, offers a glimpse into the widespread fraud in U.S. EPA’s RFS program and the continued vulnerabilities to the environment and American taxpayers. According to Parker, In the nearly ten years since the establishment of the RFS, the program has fallen short of its legislative goals […]
September 8, 2016

Emergence of Aggressive Climate Litigation Changing the Landscape for Voluntary Disclosure Programs

Reprinted with permission from Bloomberg BNA, Insight Climate Science, Litigation Author:  Lindene Patton Scientists have demonstrated an improving ability over the past few years to analyze extreme weather events and determine how much the frequency or severity of an event has been affected by climate change. At the same time, individual companies, including Exxon Mobil, have been […]
January 20, 2016

Brent Fewell discusses Flint water crisis and U.S. failing water infrastructure with CCTV host Elaine Reyes