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Silverberg Zalantis LLC and Bank New York Wealth Management are co-sponsoring a program on the Legal Implications of Climate Change presented by the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation and the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance. The program, to be held on October 20, 2011, will feature Michael B. Gerrard, Esq. the Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University School of Law. Details of the program and registration information are available on the Westchester Women’s Bar Association Website.

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We received notification that our Blog has been nominated for consideration by LexisNexis as one of the top 50 Environmental & Climate Change Blogs. Today we received the following from LexisNexis.

“For the first time, the LexisNexis Environmental Law & Climate Change Community is honoring a select group of blogs that set the online standard for our practice area. I’m pleased to notify you that Climate Change Attorney Blog is one of the nominated candidates for the LexisNexis Top 50 Environmental Law & Climate Change Blogs for 2011.

We are asking our online community for their input on our list of nominees, and also welcome comments from your readers. If you’d like to request their support for your nomination, please ask them to comment on ELCCC’s announcement post at the following link:”.

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The British Antarctic Survey released what it has called the “first comprehensive review” of the Antarctic climate. In a press release describing the report it is noted that the findings include information on the “impact and consequences of rapid warming of the Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Ocean; rapid ice loss in parts of Antarctica and the increase in sea ice around the continent; the impact of climate change on Antarctica’s plants and animals; the unprecedented increase in carbon dioxide levels; the connections between human-induced global change and natural variability; and the extraordinary finding that the ozone hole has shielded most of Antarctica from global warming.”

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In a press release issued today by Chairman Henry A. Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward J. Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee they announced the proposed American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The draft legislation running 648 pages, outlines an ambitious program.

According to the summary of the proposed bill, the legislation: “has four titles: (1) a “clean energy” title that promotes renewable sources of energy and carbon capture and sequestration technologies, low-carbon transportation fuels, clean electric vehicles, and the smart grid and electricity transmission; (2) an “energy efficiency” title that increases energy efficiency across all sectors of the economy, including buildings, appliances, transportation, and industry; (3) a “global warming” title that places limits on the emissions of heat-trapping pollutants; and (4) a “transitioning” title that protects U.S. consumers and industry and promotes green jobs during the transition to a clean energy economy.”

Apparently, the sponsors are looking to fast track action on the bill, with a plan for the Energy and Commerce Committee to “complete consideration of the legislation by Memorial Day”.

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