Environmental Law Clinic

Insider's Debate: Will the Clean Power Plan Survive?

Room IV
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More than 170 nations just committed to reduce their emissions in order to confront the climate threat. Now, the big question on the minds of national and global leaders is whether the U.S.

Abrams Environmental Law Clinic, Lecturer Joan Neal Work with Rowing Team to Advocate for Better Water Quality

April 26, 2016

This feature article on Healthy Water Solutions features Joan Neal, Class of 1949 Lecturer in Law, who connected her rowing team for breast cancer survivors, called Recovery on Water ("ROW"), with the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic:

Conference Summary: Pathways to a Clean Environment: Law, Enforcement, and the Public in China and the United States

April 4, 2016

On March 4, 2016, the University of Chicago—in partnership with Tsinghua University in Beijing—convened a day-long conference, “Pathways to a Clean Environment: Law, Enforcement, and the Public in China and the United States” at the University of Chicago's campus in Hyde Park.

Mark Templeton Moderates Panel on Flint

Flint’s Water Crisis Explained & Next Steps
Gosia Labno
March 30, 2016

The attorneys, Evan Feinauer (UChicago Law ’15), Sarah Tallman and Anjali Waikar, discussed their active litigation efforts on behalf of the residents of Flint—40 percent of whom live below the poverty line—as part of a discussion moderated by EPIC expert and Abrams Environmental Law Clinic Director Mark Templeton.

The water coming out of household taps in Flint, Michigan is not safe to drink, said Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) attorneys at a March 29th University of Chicago Law School event, co-sponsored by EPIC. This is still the case after months of being under a state of emergency and years of being exposed to lead from corroded pipes.

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Mark Templeton Moderates Panel on the Clean Power Plan: Its Chances for Survival and Potential Impacts

The Clean Power Plan: Its Chances for Survival and Potential Impacts on U.S. Energy Policy
Vicki Ekstrom High
March 29, 2016

The panel event was moderated by the University of Chicago Law School’s Mark Templeton, an EPIC expert and director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. It was sponsored by EPIC, along with the University of Chicago Alumni Law Society, and the Chicago Booth School of Business Energy Network.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court issued a stay order on the Obama Administration’s flagship plan to confront climate change: The Clean Power Plan. Just days later, a tidal wave of speculation over the future of the plan intensified with the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia—one of the key justices who issued the stay.

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Learning from the City: The Midwest Regional Convening of UN Habitat III (Prof. Mark Templeton speaking on 1:45PM panel)

University of Chicago Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E. 59th St)
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Learning From the City:  The Midwest Regional Convening of U.N. Habitat III

Learning From the City is one of five regional convenings co-hosted by the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development in collaboration with civic,
governmental, educational, and philanthropic partners in advance of the U.N.

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Mark Templeton on China's Environmental Future

Professor Mark Templeton moderated a panel of experts at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on "China's Environmental Future."

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Mark Templeton on the Illinois EPA Suspending Vehicle Emissions Tests

Illinois Renewing License Plate Stickers Without Requiring Vehicle Emissions Test
Suzanne Le Mignot
CBS Chicago
March 2, 2016

“If these tests are not done we are not going to know which vehicles are emitting an excessive amount of pollution."

You may not have to take your car in for an emissions test in order to get your license plate sticker renewed this year. The reason: the state budget.


Jun still went and got the test done anyway. 

“I like to follow the rules,” he said. 

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China's Environmental Future - Templeton at Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Union League Club, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
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Pictures of Beijing’s skyline under “Red Alert” levels of pollution flooded the internet in late 2015. The government, in response, shut down hundreds of factories and canceled hundreds of flights – an action not at all surprising to western business leaders who regularly deal with environment-related disruptions.

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Forbes on the "Inside The Paris Agreement" Event with Sue Biniaz

Inside The Paris Agreement: How The World Agreed To 'Balance' Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Jeff McMahon
February 3, 2016

“One of the lessons there was, sometimes you can reach agreement by getting rid of terms and just explaining what you mean,” Biniaz said.

One surprise in the final draft of the Paris Agreement was a pledge by nearly all the world’s countries “to achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century.”

It was a wordier phrase than had appeared in previous drafts and proposals, and one likely to prove more effective.

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