Global Climate Change and U.S. Law

It is difficult to characterize U.S. climate law succinctly. This volume makes clear its scope and complexity.

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A vast body of U.S. law relevant to climate change has developed since publication of the first edition of Global Climate Change and U.S. Law in 2007, even while Congress has failed to pass a new comprehensive statute to address the climate challenge. This domestic legal regime, covered comprehensively in this updated volume, consists of federal greenhouse gas regulations issued under the Clean Air Act and federal energy efficiency statutes, new disclosure requirements imposed under the securities laws, as well as a variety of state and local initiatives and common law decisions by the courts.

Recognizing that climate change is largely an energy problem, this  edition adds a completely new section on energy regulation. Additional chapters now cover cap-and-trade regimes, climate-related water issues, agriculture and forestry, and the use of non-climate international agreements to reduce emissions and address climate impacts. The final new section focuses on issues previously seen as marginal but now of growing importance: climate adaptation, carbon capture and sequestration and geoengineering. Chapters are organized in five parts:

Part I:  Overview and Context
Part II  U.S. Federal Regulation and Litigation
Part III: Regional, State, and Local Actions
Part IV: Energy Regulation
Part V:  The Next Legal Frontiers

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