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  • 25
  • November
  • 2014

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GAO Reports the Climate Change Is Increasing Insurance Risk Exposure

This past October, the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a report on flood and crop insurance, indicating that climate change and related rises in extreme weather events may increase losses in the future. According to the report, property values have generally increased in “hazard-prone” areas, which has in turn increased the potential losses for insured properties.

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  • 25
  • November
  • 2014

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EPA Publishes Final Amendments to Subpart W for 2015, Proposes Expansion to Include Natural Gas Gathering and Boosting and Oil Well Completions and Workovers

This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA” or “the Agency”) published a Final Rule revising Subpart W of the Mandatory Report of Greenhouse Gases Rule (“Mandatory Reporting Rule or MRR”) which covers oil and natural gas production, natural gas transmission and storage, and distribution.

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  • 20
  • November
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Task Force Recommends Final Guidance for How GHGs Should be Considered Under NEPA Review

On November 17, 2014, the President’s State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (“Task Force”) released a wide-ranging set of recommendations for how to better prepare communities and the federal government for the effects of climate change. As part of this report, the Task Force recommended finalizing a 2010 draft guidance document on how federal agencies assess greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions and climate change impacts of major federal actions during National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) reviews.

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  • 19
  • November
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EPA Releases Final Climate Change Adaptation Plans

On Friday, October 31, 2014, EPA released its final Climate Change Adaptation Plan, announcing how the Agency will implement its programs, policies, rules, and operations in light of changing climactic conditions. This document coincided with the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s 2009 Executive Order on Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, and the first anniversary of Executive Order 13653 – Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.

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  • 12
  • November
  • 2014

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China’s National Plan for Climate Change (2014-2020)

On November 4, 2014, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) released the National Plan for Climate Change, 2014-2020 (the “2014-2020 Plan”). The 2014-2020 Plan outlines what China hopes to achieve by 2020, including goals relating to greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, climate change adaptability, and a national emissions trading scheme, among others.

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