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Land Use and Climate Change: Is it Time for a National Land Use Policy?

Catherine J. LaCroix * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] The immediate and short answer to the question in the title is no. It will never be time for an articulated federal land use policy; the tradition of local control of land use is simply too strong. But consider, for a moment, what

Enhancing China’s Environmental Governance: Challenges and Opportunities

Fuqiang Yang and Min Hu * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] Introduction China’s economic and social development has had severe environmental impacts: from land and water resource deterioration to becoming the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, pollution has resulted in total losses equivalent to 3.05 percent of China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).[1]

Integrating Land Use and Transportation Policy in California: The Legislature's Response

Dave Jones * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] The Challenge Accelerated climate change is the preeminent environmental and economic issue of our time. Unless we change course now, it will be the preeminent issue for the next generations also. Recognizing the situation, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, California Global Warming Solutions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions under CEQA – Costs and Opportunities

Peter V. Allen * [ jump to end/comments ][ download PDF ] The recent enactment of SB 97[1] has codified the California Attorney General’s argument that increased greenhouse gas emissions and their effects constitute an environmental impact that must be considered by a permitting agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This new measure