Laura Kosloff
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Revisiting Our Climate Path

Carla O'Dell phras if only we knew what we know

Just about four years ago, we changed professional course. Trexler Climate + Energy Services had started as a one-person shop almost 25 years ago, growing into a 15-person firm well-known among companies, NGOs, and governmental agencies. We worked on the first carbon offsets, the first carbon footprints, took the first companies carbon neutral, built the […]

Climate Change and Sustainability: A Widening or Narrowing Gap?

Observers and students of climate change risk, on the one hand, and sustainability advocates, on the other, have been on seemingly diverging paths for the last decade. This may seem contradictory: aren’t these issues so closely related that their paths should overlap dramatically and at least run in the same direction? In the climate arena, […]

2015 – A Pivotal Year for the Social Cost of Carbon?

This past July, in High Country Conservation Advocates v US Forest Service, U.S. Colorado District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled against issuance of a coal lease exploration permit, concluding that the federal government did not consider the social cost of carbon (SCC) in the final environmental impact statement (EIS). The ruling was heralded as […]

The Social Cost of Carbon’s Next Frontier, or Dead End?

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Last week U.S. Colorado District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled against issuance of a coal lease exploration permit, under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements that federal agencies take a “hard look” at environmental impacts. The judge concluded that the responsible federal permitting agencies failed this test because they did not consider the social […]

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