Climate Change

The EU’s New Green Label for Natural Gas and Nuclear Energy—What are the Implications for COP27 Negotiations?

The geopolitical context effectuated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine complicates the European Parliament’s (EP) July 6, 2022, vote to include natural gas and nuclear energy in the European Union’s (EU) taxonomy for sustainable activities (green taxonomy)—effectively incentivizing private investment in the energy sources.

A Better Planet inspires climate action from "no" to "go"

Friday, July 15, 2022

In an interview with The Economist, Center Director Dan Esty, highlights how policy “red lights” must be trasformed to “green lights” that drive innovation with incentives that engage the world’s entrepreneurs, financial markets and creative spirits in the pursuit of a net-zero future. This philosphy is expanded upon and highlighted in the recently released book “A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future”. 

Read the interview here

Buy A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future here

EPI finds that only UK and Denmark on track for climate goals

Friday, July 15, 2022

The recently released 2022 EPI highlights the leaders and laggards in the fight against climate change. Denmark and the UK, taking the #1 and #2 spot in the ranking, have emerged as the only leaders on track for net-zero emissions by 2050. The U.S. has tumbled in the ranking, largely due to the climate inaction of the Trump Administration. For the first time, India has secured the last spot in environmental performance. 

Read New York Times coverage: Trump Policies Sent U.S. Tumbling in a Climate Ranking. 

Read Washington Post coverage: Denmark, U.K. on track for net-zero emissions by 2050 as U.S. lags

Read Hindustan Times coverage: India’s lagging sustainability performance

2022 Environmental Performance Index Is Released With New Climate and Air Quality Metrics

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and Columbia University’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) recently released their 2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), ranking 180 countries across a variety of indicators that represent a cross-section of environmental priorities. This biennial report is intended to facilitate data-driven policymaking by providing an in-depth snapshot of a country’s sustainability and allowing for its progress in the field to be charted.

Center Director Dan Esty and Professor Don Elliott Discuss Their Book on U.S. Environmental Law

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Center Director Dan Esty and Professor Don Elliott provide a brief description of their collaborative book, Advanced Introduction to U.S. Environmental Law (2021), in the above video. In the words of Professor Esty, this text “provides an opportunity to retrospectively review where U.S. environmental law’s come from, what strategies and policy options have been deployed, and… a pretty clear-eyed view of what we think has worked and what hasn’t worked so well.” The book is interactive and structured to facilitate input, and we encourage readers to share their thoughts here.

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