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Authoritative Book on Global Warming and U.S. Law Published


Source: Environment News Service (ENS)

Chicago, Illinois - The American Bar Association has just published a new book that presents comprehensive coverage of U.S. law as it relates to global climate change.

'Global Climate Change and U.S. Law,' is edited by Michael Gerrard, a partner in the New York office of Arnold & Porter, where he heads the environmental practice group.

After a summary of the factual and scientific background, Part I outlines the international and national legal framework of climate change regulation and associated litigation.

Part II describes emerging regional, state and local actions, and includes a 50-state survey.

Part III covers issues of concern to corporations, including disclosure, fiduciary duties, insurance, and subsidies.

Part IV examines the legal aspects of efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, such as voluntary efforts, emissions trading, and carbon sequestration.

Chapters detail current climate change litigation, the most aggressive local policies to counter climate change, the impact of the un-ratified Kyoto protocol on U.S. businesses, and how climate change plays out in corporate decisions on disclosure, and fiduciary duties.

The book already has an update on the American Bar Association's website on the U.S. Supreme Court's April decision in Mass v. EPA, the first time that the Supreme Court has looked at the issue of global climate change.

The high court ruled that the EPA can and must take action to regulate greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The Executive Order signed by President George W. Bush earlier this week to explore the nation's first greenhouse gas emissions regulations, rely on this Supreme Court decision.

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