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ABA book captures legal landscape of global climate change


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ABA book captures legal landscape of global climate change

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, June 30, 2014 — A new book from the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources takes a comprehensive look at the changing state of U.S. law as it relates to global climate change.


Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Second Edition,” explores the broad variety of laws and regulations adopted and proposed at all levels of government to respond to the problem of climate change. It reviews the extension of traditional pollution regulation to the new context of greenhouse gases, the rise of energy efficiency mandates and incentives for renewable energy, as well as disclosure and reporting requirements. “Global Climate Change” also investigates regulatory tools still being developed, and anticipates the next frontiers in climate change law.

The book was edited by two of the country’s pre-eminent legal experts on global climate change, Michael B. Gerrard of Columbia Law School and Jody Freeman of Harvard Law School. The new edition builds on the landmark 2007 book, which quickly became the standard reference in the field as the first book to  the U.S. laws relevant to climate change, including clean air regulation, civil remedies and the impact of the Kyoto Protocol on many domestic actions.

The updated volume also has a completely new section on energy regulation and includes additional chapters covering cap-and-trade regimes, climate-related water issues, agriculture and forestry, and the use of non-climate international agreements to reduce emissions and address climate impacts. A final new section focuses on issues previously seen as marginal but now of growing importance: climate adaptation, carbon capture and sequestration and geoengineering.

Gerrard, the Andrew Sabin Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Law School in New York, directs the Center for Climate Change Law and is associate chair of the faculty of Columbia’s Earth Institute. He formerly was the partner in charge of the New York office of Arnold & Porter LLP.

Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor at Harvard Law School and founding director of the school’s Environmental Law and Policy Program, is a leading scholar of both administrative law and environmental law and has written extensively on climate change regulation. She served as counselor for energy and climate change in President Obama’s White House in 2009-10.

The other 33 contributors to the book are lawyers and experts who bring a broad spectrum of expertise in the environmental and climate change fields.

Title                            “Global Climate Change and U.S. Law, Second Edition”
Publisher:                    ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
Pages:                         900
Product Code:             5350250
ISBN:                           978-1-62722-741-4
Size:                            7 x 10
Binding:                       Paperback
Price:                           $119.95
Orders:                        Order the book at or call 800-285-2221.

What others are saying about “Global Climate Change and U.S. Law”

“The scientists tell us about the causes and perils of climate change, and the engineers and economists identify many of the solutions. But it is the lawyers who are at the center of designing and implementing the strategies to translate our scientific, engineering and economic insights into action. The resulting array of rules and decisions can be bewildering. Gerrard and Freeman have assembled a marvelous guide through this legal thicket. Not only do they and their chapter authors illuminate what is already in place, but they also help identify the sorts of legal innovations that need to be adopted if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change.”

— Lisa P. Jackson, former administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“Despite many layers of government action, diverse regulatory tools and a rapidly expanding body of litigation, the editors manage to present a coherent picture of the state of climate law today. The writing is uniformly clear, brisk and free of jargon. Lawyers and students will certainly be using this book. Anyone wondering about the prospects for bringing the U.S. into an international program to avert the worst impacts of climate change would do well to peruse this useful volume. A remarkable achievement.” — Mary D. Nichols, chair, California Air Resources Board

“This balanced and readable book is the best existing single source reference on the subject. The principal editors are two of the leading scholars in the nation, and the individual chapters are authored by experts in their particular subject matters. Responding to climate change will require more than scientific advances; legal innovation and creative legal institutions are needed. This exceptional book sets us on the path toward that goal.” — John C. Cruden, president, Environmental Law Institute

“Michael Gerrard and Jody Freeman have skillfully blended contributions from the nation’s foremost experts on all aspects of climate change law. The book’s treatment of ‘the next legal frontiers’ is particularly compelling. There is no more comprehensive and readable climate change treatise on the market. Bravo!” — David J. Hayes, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

“Despite the reluctance of the Congress to enact comprehensive climate legislation, there is a multiplicity of treaties, laws, regulations and tax measures at all levels of government. This book is the sure and reliable guide we need through this policy labyrinth. Gerrard and Freeman have produced an authoritative, comprehensive and highly engaging source for the professional concerned to master this rapidly evolving and complex field.” — William Reilly, former administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies are available by sending an email to Amelia Stone at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Amelia Stone, c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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