Accession Number:

ADA528476

Title:

Worldwide Emerging Environmental Issues Affecting the U.S. Military. October 2006 Report

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERATION OF UN ASSOCIATIONS WASHINGTON DC MILLENNIUM PROJECT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

16.0

Abstract:

The New Zealand High Court has ruled that climate change factors can be considered during Greenpeaces upcoming appeal against the proposed Marsden B coal-burning power station. Greenpeace appealed the permission granted to the Marsden B power station to start burning coal, on grounds of environmental and mainly climate change consequences. Although this ruling is limited to New Zealand and to a specific industry, it creates a precedent with effects likely to be felt in other jurisdictions and sectors. In November, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency case 05-1120 filed by twelve states and several cities on EPAs role to regulate CO2 as a greenhouse gas pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Over 16 other litigations are pending in U.S. federal and state courts against companies whose emissions are linked to global warming more are expected to come. Swiss Re, the worlds largest reinsurance company, estimates that the annual liability costs of global warming will be 150 billion dollars per year within ten years.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE