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Scholarship Highlights

2014 Festival of Legal Learning's Environmental Law Symposium papers

Twenty Carolina Law students have written papers focused on a variety of topics for the 2014 Environmental Law Symposium. The individual papers may be found on the Environmental Law Project website.

Environmental Markets Produces Exceptional Scholarship

CLEAR is highlighting three exceptional pieces of work from the Spring 2013 Environmental Markets class. The first is Avery Livengood's framework for a nutrient contract, with explanation. The second is a paper by Jack Lyman focused on how CARB's offset invalidation provisions promote additionality in the California Carbon Market. The third, a paper by Asher Spiller, details carbon leakage problems and the need for binding interstate climate compacts.

CLEAR publishes Briefing Paper on States' Tax Authority

CLEAR is publishing a briefing paper concerning Keystone XL and states' taxing authority. Authored by Tyler L. Burgess, the paper details states' authority to tax interstate and foreign commerce to discourage pipeline siting within their borders.

CLEAR Completes Climate Change Risk Disclosure Review

CLEAR has completed a climate change risk disclosure review and is posting the completed briefing paper. R. Kyle Evans, Research Assistant and J.D. Candidate, Class of 2015, and Heather Payne, CLEAR Fellow, have analyzed current practices and possible changes related to climate change disclosure, including the types of risks reported, federal and state approaches to disclosure, voluntary disclosure mechanisms, and emerging trends.

Thesis Concerning Analysis of State Disaster Recovery Plans

CLEAR is publishing the Accepted Master's Thesis of UNC Planning student and CLEAR Fellow Dylan Sandler on a proper framework for examining the adequacy of state disaster planning. Mr. Sandler, working with CLEAR and the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security and Disaster Solutions, has exemained the literature and theories about what is required for effective disaster recovery plans, and has proposed a comprehensive framework for analyzing whether state Disaster Planning documents are adequate in terms of public participation, effectiveness, and comprehensiveness. This is the first posting of such a document. Read the thesis.

The Impact of Law on Private Sector Climate Change Adaptation

August, 2012 - Read the policy white paper summarizing the workshop and conclusions from the workshop.


CLEAR commissions report on the role of non-profits in long term disaster recovery.

CLEAR Research Fellow Analyzes the Potential for Parametric Insurance Products to Serve as a Model for a Proposed U.S. Catastrophe Risk Consortium and as a Catalyst for Disaster Mitigation and Climate Adaptation

CLEAR Research Fellows Prepare Case Study Analyzing Best Methods of Insuring Against Avoided Deforestation Offset reversal

  • Ken Allinson, Matthew Dunand, P. J. Puryear, and Jeremy Tarr (White Paper)
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