Atmospheric Trust Litigation Resources
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Specific Case Law
Marks v. Whitney, 491 P.2d 374, 381 (Cal. 1971).
Massachusetts v. EPA, 127 S.Ct. 1438 (2007).
Geer v. Connecticut, 161 U.S. 519 (1896).
Ill. Cent. R.R. Co. v. Illinois, 146 U.S. 387 (1892).
Lake Michigan Federation v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 742 F. Supp. 441 (D. Ill. 1990).
U.S. v. 1.58 Acres of Land, 523 F. Supp. 120 (D. Mass. 1981).
Complaint of Steuart Transp. Co., 495 F. Supp. 38 (E.D. Va. 1980).
Seminole Nation v. United States, 316 U.S. 286 (1942).
Jicarilla Apache Tribe v. Supron Energy Corp., 728 F.2d 1555 (10th Cir. 1984).
Arizona Ctr. for Law in the Pub. Interest v. Hassell, 837 P.2d 158 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1991).
Matthews v. Bay Head Improvement Association, 471 A.2d 355 (N. J. 1984).
National Audubon Society v. Superior Court, 658 P.2d 709 (Cal. 1983).
City of Milwaukee v. State, 214 N.W. 820 (Wis. 1927).
State v. City of Bowling Green, 313 N.E.2d 409 (Ohio 1974).
Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Ass’ns v. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 138 F. Supp. 2d 1228 (N.D. Cal. 2001).
Activities & Filings
“Activists Urge BLM to Subject Drill Leases to Voluntary EPA GHG Plan,” Clean Air Report, Inside Washington Publishers, Volume 19, Issue 14 (July 10, 2008).
Feedback – Permafrost Melting
Feedback – Oceans Saturated and Acidifying
Feedback – Forests Turning from Sink to Source
Feedback – Albedo Affect
Forest Protection for Carbon Sink
Union of Concerned Scientists, “How to Avoid Dangerous Climate Change: A Target for U.S. Emissions Reductions” (September 2007).
UCS Targets: 1. Arrest growth of carbon emissions by 2010; 2. Reduce carbon emissions by 4% per year annually; 3. Achieve 80% reduction of carbon emissions by 2050.
DAVID SPRATT & PHILIP SUTTON, CLIMATE CODE RED: THE CASE FOR A SUSTAINABILITY EMERGENCY (FRIENDS OF THE EARTH 2008), available at www.climatecodered.net.
MacCracken, Michael C., The Increasing Pace of Climate Change, Volume 28, Number 3 / Winter 2009, Stategic Planning for Energy and the Environment, available at http://www.metapress.com/content/u35t6131w54m/.
Discusses heating so far (.8C) and heating in the pipeline (1.0 – 1.5 C) concluding “Such warming and the associated changes are likely to cause severe impacts to key societal and environmental support systems.” “Reducing emissions sharply by 2050 and to near zero by 2100 will be required to limit the increase in global average surface temperature to no more than 2 to 2.5°C above its 1750 value of about 15°C, and that this will be necessary to avoid the most catastrophic, but certainly not all, consequences of climate change.”
Impacts – Forests
Impacts – Oceans
Impacts – Wildlife
Impacts – Wildfire
Impacts – Floods
Impacts – Hurricanes
Impacts – Crop Loss
Impacts – Migrations
Impacts – World Security
Impacts – Disease
Needed Carbon Reduction
Rob Hopkins, The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience (Chelsea Green 2008).
The book is a clearly written handbook for inspiring and guiding communities into a new sustainable future with less dependency on fossil fuels. It presents strategies for local food production, transportation, and energy independence on the local level. This is a must-read for citizens of any community seeking a resilient and sustainable future. It draws from the World War II experience of local food production and energy minimalism to show that yes, we can prepare for the new world and create a better, healthier, and more satisfying way of life as a result.