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The Latest On: Climate Change

August 16, 2010 | Case

Upholding EPA’s Global Warming Endangerment Finding

The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that human activities are driving climate change, which poses a major threat to our planet. This finding has been unsuccessfully challenged by the fossil fuel industry and its allies. Earthjustice helped defend the EPA’s finding to ensure that climate progress is not reversed.

July 21, 2009 | Case

Defending U.S. Carbon Cap And Trade

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is the first effort in the U.S. to reduce carbon emissions using a cap and trade system. An industry lawsuit against the state of New York threatens the entire program. Earthjustice is defending the program and states’ ability to proactively curb greenhouse gas emissions without mandated federal regulation.

March 24, 2009 | Video

Irreversible, Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World

The Irreplaceable campaign brings together four distinct groups — from the worlds of art, justice, science, and faith — to highlight the diversity of life we must protect from climate change. As you dive into these photos, be inspired, determined, hopeful. Help us protect these irreplaceable plants and animals.

October 29, 2005 | Case

Challenging Mexican Border Power Plants

Earthjustice challenged permits granted by the Bush administration that approved the import of electricity generated at power plants in Mexico into the United States, even though the plants did not comply with relevant U.S. laws and regulations.

July 6, 2005 | Case

Challenging EPA’s Refusal To Limit Carbon Pollution

After Earthjustice and other organizations challenged a Bush EPA decision to refuse to limit carbon pollution from motor vehicles under the Clean Air Act, the Supreme Court issued its historic 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA, ruling that carbon emissions are “air pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. If carbon pollution threatens harm to public health or welfare, the Court added, the EPA must set limits on such pollution.

February 22, 2005 | Case

Defending Human Rights Threatened by Climate Change

Earthjustice petitioned the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to protect the Arctic’s Inuit people, whose human rights are violated by climate change. The case changed global dialogue about human rights by identifying it as a human rights issue.