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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. 

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.

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.

Vision 2021 LA: A Model Sustainability Agenda for Los Angeles

Faculty and researchers at the Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and the law school's Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program have crafted the first comprehensive environmental sustainability plan for the city of Los Angeles. 

Rules of the Game Recap

In this two-page recap of our report from August 2011, we review the California cap-and-trade program as adopted and find our conclusions still​ apply: the California Air Resources Board has designed a cap-and-trade program that should avoid gaming and market manipulation problems sometimes seen in other programs.

Spending California

​California faces crucial questions about how to spend proceeds from its cap-and-trade auctions. This paper assesses legal constraints on AB 32 auction revenue allocation that derive from the statute itself or from California’s constitutional restrictions on the use of regulatory fees. We make recommendations about the relative risks of approaches to allocating AB 32 state auction proceeds

Bright Roofs, Big City 
Cara Horowitz   - October 01, 2011

Bright Roofs, Big City

​In our second Pritzker Brief, Cara Horowitz explains how installing cool roofs in Los Angeles could improve public health, combat climate change, reduce energy demand, and save money.

Harvesting Clean Energy 
Ethan Elkind   - October 01, 2011

Harvesting Clean Energy

​Our ninth paper of this series discusses how California can steer large-scale renewable development without depleting the state's prime agricultural and biological resources.

Rules of the Game

​With Bowman Cutter​, an economist at Pomona College, we take a detailed look at California's proposed greenhouse gas trading regulations to assess the risks of market manipulation and rules violations. We ask whether the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has put in place the right measures to limit market gaming, and we address CARB’s ability to detect foul play, take necessary enforcement actions, and impose adequate penalties. Our report​ concludes that CARB has crafted well-regulated market that limits these risks. We provide recommendations aimed at strengthening an already well-designed program. ​

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