Environment and Climate

UK Net Zero Strategy – A clearer view of the challenges to 2050

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27 October 2021 – Clifford Chance – Ahead of its Presidency of COP26, the UK Government has published its Net Zero Strategy to 2050. The Strategy covers all business sectors and some cross-cutting themes. This briefing explores major new elements of policy, some of the major uncertainties, and key challenges faced by business in planning …

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‘Young Floridians’ Climate Change Lawsuit May Herald Wave of Climate Change Cases

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Kyle Robisch* – For most of the last decade, creative plaintiffs attorneys and their clients — states, municipalities and environmental groups — have pushed novel, untested tort theories designed to hold energy companies, and sometimes, those same state and municipal interests, liable for climate change. Plaintiffs have concentrated their efforts in West Coast forums. But …

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Climate Change: How the climate crisis will shape strategy

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Pinsent Masons – The climate crisis is a fundamental challenge to a growing number of businesses – either because it changes the value of their output or because it threatens their operations. A strategy must now take account of the climate crisis and GCs are well positioned to help navigate the issues involved. Climate change …

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US Attorney Sues Automobile Device Manufacturer EZ LYNK & Parties For Defeat Device Violation of Clean Air Act

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Suit Alleges Defendants Sell Product Designed to Remove Emissions Controls from Cars and Trucks; Government Seeks Civil Penalties and an Injunction Barring Future Sales Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Larry Starfield, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance of the U.S. Environmental Protection …

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Heard of ‘Ecocide?’ Is It The Latest Environmental Law Growth Area?

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Environmental law is a growth area, without doubt, with climate change and a range of related issues occupying increasing numbers of lawyers in the environment law area. ‘Ecocide’ is defined by Wikipedia as criminalized human activity that violates the principles of environmental justice, as by substantially damaging or destroying ecosystems or by harming the health and well-being of …

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Briefing – Key Business and Legal Issues to Consider in Light of COVID-19

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Sidley Austin – The outbreak and rapid spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has roiled markets and disrupted supply chains, threatening the global economy. It is also forcing companies to confront a host of hard questions about how they can and should conduct business during a global public health crisis. Below, we outline questions that …

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Green Economy Issues – Protecting the Oceans: Clifford Chance on The Expanding Role of ‘Blue Bonds’

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The blue economy is of growing importance and gaining momentum amongst policymakers across the world. The earth’s surface is made up of 71 per cent. water, and billions of people rely on the oceans for their livelihoods and socioeconomic well‑being. However, the effects of climate change and human activities are destroying the biodiversity of our …

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The Growth of ‘Climate Change Litigation’

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White & Case – An increased sense of global urgency and public awareness around climate change-related risks, along with national laws and international commitments, is driving a new class of litigation. Crucially, the science of climate change is developing linkages to potential duties of care, facilitating alternative approaches for those seeking to demonstrate responsibility for …

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Trump Administration’s Long Losing Streak in Undermining Obama’s Environmental Legacy

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Davis Wright Tremain – On August 17, the day after a federal judge in South Carolina invalidated the Trump administration’s suspension of the rule defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act, a panel on the D.C. Circuit invalidated an effort by the administration to extend by 20 months the effective …

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Building a sustainable battery supply chain: Is blockchain the solution?

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White & Case –  The electric vehicle (EV) has arrived. With it comes a vast opportunity, but also a major challenge: how to build an ethical and sustainable supply chain—a necessity driven by the consumer rather than the regulator. The world’s biggest automakers are rising to the challenge and are rushing to develop new models. …

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