August 2013

New Mexico Court Refuses to Take Steps to Apply Public Trust Doctrine to the Atmosphere

August 22, 2013 06:13
by J. Wylie Donald
By J. Wylie Donald and Patrick Reilly Two years ago, we observed a potentially startling development in climate change litigation: “On Monday, May 4, [2011] in state courts across the nation lawyers representing children and young adults filed (and apparently will continue to file) suits seeking to compel State governments to recognize the application of the public trust doctrine to greenhouse gas emissions and to take action to abate those emissions.” These lawsuits were coordinated by two groups, Our Children’s Trust and Kids vs. Global Warming, and sought to apply th...

Carbon Dioxide | Climate Change | Climate Change Litigation | Greenhouse Gases

Fourth Circuit Rejects Manipulation of Judicial Process As Ocean Manhandles Homes

August 19, 2013 19:56
by J. Wylie Donald
Can a community condemn shorefront cottages where the beach has eroded at 8 feet per year and the cottages interfere with emergency responders traveling along the beach?  Based on the Fourth Circuit's decision at the end of last month in Sansotta v Town of Nags Head we just don't know. What we do know is that a municipality cannot play both ends of the law against the middle to address the problem. Let us explain.  Nags Head is a shore community of about 2500 souls (soaring to 40,000 in the summer) on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Municipal ordinances provide that a buildi...

Climate Change Effects | Climate Change Litigation | Regulation | Rising Sea Levels

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