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Serge Lepeltier, French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations, holds climate discussions at NYU

After having been on campus with French Minister for Ecology, Nathalie Kozcuisko-MOrizet, Serge Lepeltier, the French Ambassador for Climate Negotiations returned with his climate advisors from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss climate finance in the lead up to the Durban climate conference. Participating were professors and fellows from NYU and its research partners, […]

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Fuel Cycle to Nowhere: US Law and Policy on Nuclear Waste

Authors: Jane Stewart and Richard Stewart University Professor Richard Stewart and his wife Jane Stewart ’79, have just published Fuel Cycle to Nowhere: U.S. Law and Policy on Nuclear Waste. The Obama Administration’s abandonment of the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada—the sole destination for disposal of nuclear waste—has created a crisis as waste continues to pile up […]

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, French Minister for Ecology, discusses new sources of climate finance

French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport, and Housing Nathalie Koscuisko-Morizet was the lead speaker at “From Fast-Start to Long-Term Finance for Climate Protection: The Need for New Funding Sources,” a panel discussion held April 11 at NYU Law on mobilizing international finance to combat climate change. Other participants included Assistant U.N. Secretary General for Policy and […]

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Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, holds roundtable

On September 23, the Global Climate Finance Project at NYU Law hosted a consultative workshop on climate finance with Connie Hedegaard, the European commissioner for climate action. Hedegaard discussed issues relating to climate finance with a group of NYU professors and fellows, as well as colleagues from Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Environmental Defense Fund, the […]

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Can the Public Trust Doctrine Save Western Groundwater? 18 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 412 (2010)

Author: Danielle Spiegel-Feld Nationwide, Americans pump approximately eighty-three billion gallons of groundwater per day. 1This staggering rate of withdrawal is unsustainable in many areas and jeopardizes the longevity of one of our most vital natural resources. Several authors have proposed extending the public trust doctrine 3 to groundwater to force greater conservation. They hope that if the public […]

Carbon Capture & Storage Global Legal Symposium

On March 15, legal scholars and practitioners, along with engineers, geologists, and policy makers, came together at the Law School for the two-day Carbon Capture & Storage Global Legal Symposium. CCS, as it is known, aims to combat global climate change by trapping carbon dioxide emissions from places such as refineries and factories, and, then sequestering it underground. […]

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Breaking the Logjam: Environmental Protection that Will Work

Authors: David Schoenbrod, Richard Stewart & Katrina Wyman After several decades of significant but incomplete successes, environmental protection in the United States is stuck. Administrations under presidents of both parties have fallen well short of the goals of their environmental statutes. Schoenbrod, Stewart, and Wyman, distinguished scholars in the field of environmental law, identify the core […]