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  • Climate Lawsuits Are On The Rise. This Is What They’re Based On.

    Climate Lawsuits Are On The Rise. This Is What They’re Based On.

    A new report from the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the United Nations says that climate litigation has more than doubled in the last five years, and is expected to continue to increase.

  • Not So Sweet: Tanzania Confronts Arbitration over Large-Scale Sugarcane and Ethanol Project

    Not So Sweet: Tanzania Confronts Arbitration over Large-Scale Sugarcane and Ethanol Project

    The legal battle underscores the challenges that arise when governments, international investors, and the rights of local communities are at odds.

  • Internships Available at Center on Sustainable Investment

    Internships Available at Center on Sustainable Investment

    The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is accepting applications until March 31 for internship positions for summer 2016. Interns are assigned to one or more projects depending on background and interests; unpaid and paid opportunities are available.

  • The Law of Drowning Nations

    The Law of Drowning Nations

    Sea levels are inching up year by year, and by various projections could be two to six feet higher by 2100—enough to make some small, low-lying island nations uninhabitable, or simply to wipe them off the map. What rights will citizens have to live elsewhere; in fact, will these entities actually still be nations, with…

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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Climate Lawsuits Are On The Rise. This Is What They’re Based On.

    Climate Lawsuits Are On The Rise. This Is What They’re Based On.

    A new report from the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law and the United Nations says that climate litigation has more than doubled in the last five years, and is expected to continue to increase.

  • Not So Sweet: Tanzania Confronts Arbitration over Large-Scale Sugarcane and Ethanol Project

    Not So Sweet: Tanzania Confronts Arbitration over Large-Scale Sugarcane and Ethanol Project

    The legal battle underscores the challenges that arise when governments, international investors, and the rights of local communities are at odds.

  • Internships Available at Center on Sustainable Investment

    Internships Available at Center on Sustainable Investment

    The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is accepting applications until March 31 for internship positions for summer 2016. Interns are assigned to one or more projects depending on background and interests; unpaid and paid opportunities are available.

  • The Law of Drowning Nations

    The Law of Drowning Nations

    Sea levels are inching up year by year, and by various projections could be two to six feet higher by 2100—enough to make some small, low-lying island nations uninhabitable, or simply to wipe them off the map. What rights will citizens have to live elsewhere; in fact, will these entities actually still be nations, with…