Environmental Law

Envt'l Law News Fall 2016, Vol. 25, No. 2

New Standards for CEQA Analysis of Greenhouse Gas Impacts

by Dean Wallraff* and Aruna Prabhala**1

Dean Wallraff

Aruna Prabhala

Climate change is the defining, and arguably the most important, environmental issue of our time. The law is scrambling to catch up with the scientific imperative for steep and rapid reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. The California Supreme Court recently shed new light on the types of significance thresholds that may be used in evaluating the significance of a project’s greenhouse-gas emissions under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") in Center for Biological Diversity v. Department of Fish & Wildlife, 62 Cal.4th 204.

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