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    Tackling the causes and impacts of global warming

    Climate change, driven by diverse and disparate sources, poses an enormous threat to ecosystems worldwide. Rather than waiting for federal regulation and global consensus, Earthrise Law Center has taken the lead addressing the causes and impacts of global warming by creatively using legal tools that are already available. For example, using the Clean Air Act, Earthrise secured the closure of the only coal-fired power plant in Oregon, eliminating the largest source of carbon emissions in the state.

    Similarly, Earthrise is spearheading citizen involvement in transportation choices throughout the Northwest to ensure that road and bridge construction is done wisely, so as not to promote more cars and trucks or spur more urban sprawl. Because of the success of our regional work, we are now expanding our climate change efforts to address sources of greenhouse gases across the country.

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    3/8/13 - Earthrise attorneys are co-counsel on a case filed in federal court against one of the largest and most polluting coal plants in the nation, Colstrip Generating Facility located in Montana, owned by several high-profile energy companies. Read the press release.
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    11/14/12 - Earthrise alum Lori Ann Burd ‘09 spoke on behalf of the National Wildlife Federation on two panels at a recent American Bar Association meeting of the Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources.
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    5/31/12 - Read up on the latest at Earthrise (formerly PEAC), including the Oregon temperature water quality standards victory, clinical experiences of our students, and collaboration with India.

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