Columbia Journal of Environmental Law


Climate Adaptation and Land Use Governance: The Vertical Axis

15th August 2014 By: Alice Kaswan

The existing and expected impacts of climate change are increasingly well-documented.   Recent hurricanes,  wildfires,  and heat waves  provide dramatic examples of what climate change portends, even if no single event can be directly attributed to climate change.  The scale of anticipated climate change poses profound challenges to existing governance norms.  This Article addresses one of those norms: the norm of local control over land use.  Through an in-depth assessment of the federalism values that guide jurisdictional choices, it argues that a multilevel governance approach that supplements local control with federal parameters and resources is necessary to adequately prepare for climate change and to meet the wide range of local, state, and federal interests at stake.

Federal Regulatory Barriers to Grid-Deployed Energy Storage

15th August 2014 By: Andrew H. Meyer

Until recently, the most advanced form of grid-deployed energy storage  involved pumping water up a hill.   But “newer storage technologies like flywheels and chemical batteries have recently achieved technological maturity and are well into successful pilot stages and, in some cases, commercial operation.”   If widely adopted, these new energy storage technologies will fundamentally alter the operation of our electricity system.

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The Columbia Journal of Environmental Law was founded in 1972 with a grant from the Ford Foundation. The Journal is one of the oldest environmental law journals in the nation and is widely regarded as one of the preeminent environmental journals in the country. Our subscribers include law libraries, law firms, and federal, local, and state courts, as well as a significant international readership.


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