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Announcing the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment -  April 10, 2014
UCLA Wells Clinic Files Supreme Court Brief on Behalf of NRDC -  April 01, 2014
UCLA Students Take 2nd Place at Environmental Negotiations Competition -  March 21, 2014
Clinic files brief in CA Court of Appeal case  -  March 13, 2014
Alex Wang Quoted in Wall Street Journal Article on Beijing's Air Pollution Problem -  February 25, 2014
Ann Carlson Comments on Greenhouse Gas Regulation in Los Angeles Times and Daily Journal Articles -  February 25, 2014
Cara Horowitz Featured on KQED Radio's Forum to Discuss Proposed Carbon Fuels Tax -  February 24, 2014
Cara Horowitz Advises Legislators on Spending Cap-and-Trade Revenue -  February 13, 2014
Reuters News Quotes Alex Wang on Proposed Boost to Chinese Environmental Protection -  February 10, 2014
Emmett Center Files Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Greenhouse Gas Case -  January 27, 2014
Alex Wang Quoted in New York Times Article on Cross-Border Pollution from China -  January 20, 2014
Environmental Law Clinic Students Speak at US Senate Oceans Caucus Briefing in DC -  December 09, 2013
Cara Horowitz Testifies at California Senate Hearing on Climate Change -  December 03, 2013
Ethan Elkind Editorial on Renewable Energy Featured in Sacramento Bee -  November 24, 2013
Megan Herzog interviewed on HuffPo Live about Emmett Center's plastic marine litter Pritzker Brief -  November 14, 2013
Cara Horowitz Publishes LA Times Op-Ed on Plastic Marine Litter -  November 04, 2013
Ted Parson interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered" -  October 20, 2013
New report from UCLA and UC Berkeley environmental law centers suggests economic and environmental opportunities from high speed rail collaboration -  August 21, 2013
Ann Carlson discusses EPA's criticism of the State Department's EIS on PRI -  April 26, 2013
Emmett Center's Edward Parson and Harvard's David Keith propose new structure to guide geoengineering research -  March 14, 2013


EPA Greenhouse Gas Rules at Stake in U.S. Supreme Court

​The Emmett Center's Ann Carlson and Megan Herzog author the featured article in the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' most recent "Trends" Newsletter. 

Federal Actions to Address Plastic Marine Pollution

​The Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and client Surfrider Foundation prepared a briefing book on federal solutions to plastic marine pollution

Renewable Energy Beyond 2020 
Ethan Elkind   - November 19, 2013

Renewable Energy Beyond 2020

The twelfth report in our Climate Change and Business Research Initiative series recommends a new renewable energy target for 2030 that accounts for greenhouse gas emissions and tracks California's long-term climate change goal.

Stemming the Tide of Plastic Marine Litter: A Global Action Agenda

​This paper recommends actions to address marine plastic litter, one of the most significant problems facing the world's oceans and seas.

Risk and Decision 
Timothy Malloy   - September 23, 2013

Risk and Decision
This report uses the case of methyl iodide--a neurotoxicant California approved as a fumigant in 2010--to explore the state's pesticide registration process.
Allocating Under Water: Reforming California

This paper evaluates the adjudicatory process used to resolve groundwater use disputes in California, and recommends a number of reforms that could be implemented by the legislature or courts to address problems in the adjudication and post-adjudication management of groundwater resources.

Search for Sustainable Legitimacy 
Alex Wang   - September 10, 2013

Search for Sustainable Legitimacy

​This article offers insight into China's recent environmental protection efforts, including the connections between China's environmental policy and its other values and objectives, and problems associated with China's "environmental cadre evaluation" system of regulation.

A High Speed Foundation 
Ethan Elkind   - August 20, 2013

A High Speed Foundation

If California's proposed high speed rail system is implemented poorly, the system could lead to unchecked development in the Valley.  This paper recommends a Valley-wide collaborative to avoid this outcome.

Combatting Sea Level Rise in Southern California

In the Summer 2013 volume of Hasting West Northwest Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Emmett/Frankel Fellow Megan Herzog and Environmental Law Center Executive Director Sean Hecht discuss how Southern California local governments can seize sea-level rise adaptation opportunities while minimizing legal risk.

The President, Climate Change, and California

In the Harvard Law Review Forum, ​Professor Ann Carlson explains how a focus on California can help President Obama to fulfill his pledge to combat climate change through executive action.



Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa

​Dr. Thomas B. Smith discusses UCLA programs working on climate change and development issues in Africa.

​Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City

​Author Ethan Elkind, Climate Policy Associate for UCLA School of Law and Berkeley School of Law, discuss his new book on Los Angeles' history with rail transit, "Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City."

The California-Quebec Adventure: Linking Cap and Trade as a Path to Global Climate Action?

A symposium on the recent linkage of the California and Quebec cap-and-trade programs and its implication for broader international climate cooperation.

 Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks

​Regulation of greenhouse gases is moving forward in the United States, with the most prominent efforts underway on at least two separate tracks. California is implementing A.B. 32 and related legislation while the federal government is moving forward with greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act.  This practitioners’ workshop highlights recent legal developments in both areas and investigates how this system of dual regulation will unfold. What are the pitfalls, synergies, and uncertainties of climate regulation developing in these two different ways?

Former EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson Lecture

​Lisa P. Jackson was Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama, and is now Vice President of Environmental Initiatives for Apple.  Ms. Jackson will be speaking about ways that government and business can address environmental and energy challenges, as part of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's Oppenheim Lecture Series.

US-Australian Dialogue on Water
US-Australian Dialogue on Water
Monday, January 13, 2014

​Australian and US Experts come together to challenge existing thinking on water issues and to explore twenty-first century solutions.

Senate Select Committee Hearing on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation: California Climate Progress Update

​The next hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation will be held at UCLA Law School.

Renewable Energy Beyond 2020
Renewable Energy Beyond 2020
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

​A lunchtime discussion on California policy makers' options to continue growing renewable energy into the future.

Advance Screening of the HBO Documentary "Toxic Hot Seat"

​Advance screening of the HBO documentary followed by a panel discussion.

Lunch Talk: Climate Change, the Business Community, and California

​Dan Emmett, founder of the Emmett Center, leads a conversation on how to develop healthy relationships between environmental regulators and the business community.

Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking

This forum will convene leading thinkers and key stakeholders for a candid discussion on how the best available science can help communities make informed decisions on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") amidst the current expansion in drilling for shale oil and gas across the United States.

Lecture & Panel | What Climate Change Means for LA

Join us for a half-day seminar featuring groundbreaking climate prediction research by Alex Hall, UCLA climate scientist and professor, followed by a panel discussion with climate policy experts.

Arnold C. Harberger Lecture on Economic Development with Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University

Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.  Professor Sachs is widely considered to be the world’s leading expert on economic development and the fight against poverty.  The Emmett Center is co-sponsoring this event with the UCLA Anderson School's Center for Global Management.  EVENT REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON MARCH 14, 2013.

Film Screening | Rock the Boat
Film Screening | Rock the Boat
Monday, April 15, 2013

When satirical writer and avid kayaker George Wolfe organizes a boating expedition down the entire 52 miles of the notorious Los Angeles River, he and his motley crew become entangled in a legal controversy of national proportions.

Workshop| REDD+ in California?
Workshop| REDD+ in California?
Friday, April 5, 2013

This all-day symposium will explore the potential benefits and challenges of linking programs in foreign jurisdictions directed at Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) to California’s cap-and-trade program as sources of offsets.

Conference | Climate Solutions for Los Angeles: Hot City, Cool Roofs

The City of Los Angeles, Climate Resolve, the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative, and the Emmett Center invite you to an exclusive conference that brings together experts, innovators, and policymakers to inform LA area leaders on cool roof technologies and how cool roofs can help LA survive and thrive in a changing climate.  Speakers include LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Emmett Center Executive Director Cara Horowitz, and Haley Gilbert of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Lunch Talk | David Miller - Can A Lawyer/Mayor Succeed Against Climate Change Where Nations Have Failed?

Come hear how the world’s largest cities are combating and responding to climate change from David Miller, former Mayor of Toronto and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and current Counsel of International Business and Sustainability at Aird & Berlis LLP.  Lunch provided!  Please RSVP here.

Regulatory Moneyball
Regulatory Moneyball
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cass R. Sunstein, a leading public intellectual and advisor to President Obama, will present his approach to regulatory policymaking and share his experience in the White House.

Litigating Takings Challenges to Land Use and Environmental Regulations

The conference brings together a diverse group of leading scholars and experienced practitioners to discuss cutting-edge issues raised by recent decisions and pending court cases.

Global Warming: The Alberta Oil Sands and Canadian Climate Policy

Professor Andrew Weaver, from the University of Victoria, will discuss the Alberta oil sands and Canadian climate policy​.