Impacts Of California Global Warming Law

Law360, New York (January 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Climate change in California is a legal truth. A range of new statutes and executive orders rest on the basic conclusion that greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions are causing at least some climate change impacts in the state, and that climate change is an adverse environmental impact for state environmental review purposes.

California is frequently regarded as a bellwether state and its efforts to both combat and adapt to climate change will be closely watched and potentially replicated as other states and the federal government begin to...
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