The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recently released draft regulations for public comment which aim to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from various industry sectors in Massachusetts, including transportation, electricity generation, and natural gas pipelines. Public comments on these regulations are due by Feb. 24, and can be submitted in writing to MassDEP … Continue Reading
In a decision that will have far-reaching consequences for the Massachusetts economy, Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA), passed in 2008, mandates the imposition of annual, declining limits on greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions. In Kain vs. Dept. of Environmental Protection (SJC-11961, May 17, 2016), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court … Continue Reading
A lot of the climate change news recently — and I note it below — has focused on climate change “mitigation.” Mitigation is steps that might be taken to slow or to avoid changes in the climate. Of course, that first requires an identification of causes of climate change. That runs into an ideological dispute … Continue Reading
As has been widely reported in the press, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released the first volume of its Fifth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. The IPCC is a worldwide group of scientists established by the United Nations that has for the last few decades been collecting and reporting … Continue Reading
In AEP v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court finds that the Clean Air Act displaces any right to bring a public nuisance claim against power plants for their alleged contribution to climate change.
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