Companies must stay agile in monitoring developments and rulemaking on the ESG implications of AI.

By Betty M. Huber and Michael H. Rubin

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an indispensable tool, but with the rapid advancement in the technology has come a rise in electricity demand, drawing regulatory attention on the natural resources that AI

Six attorneys from global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A.’s Environmental Practice will speak at the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 38th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School, which will take place July 16-19 in Marco Island, Florida.

The annual event aims to keep Florida Chamber members and organizations informed about the latest changes in environmental and

It’s good to be king and have your own wayGet a feeling of peace at the end of the day

It’s Good to be King” – Tom Petty

California Senate Bill No. 174 (SB 174), a budget trailer bill that was passed by the Assembly with amendments on June 26, received Senate concurrence on the amendments the same day, and was enrolled and presented to the Governor the next day (June 27); SB 174 was approved by the Governor on July 2, 2024.  The new law does two noteworthy things relating to CEQA.

On July 2, 2024, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the official text of its Heat Injury and Illness Prevention in Outdoor and Indoor Work Settings proposed standard. OSHA has been developing this standard since 2021, which will likely be finalized later this year.

The standard includes general mandates for all covered employers,

According to the Grantham Institute’s 2024 Global Trends in Climate Change Litigation Policy Report (the “Report“) – which was published on 27 June 2024 – climate-related litigation against private sector actors continues to be on the rise. The Report highlights that over 230 climate-related lawsuits have been initiated against corporations and trade associations since 2015, with over two thirds of those lawsuits filed since 2020. The Report also highlights that the growth rate of climate-related cases is showing signs of stabilisation, at over 200 new climate-related cases per year. The risk of private sector actors facing climate-related lawsuits is not, therefore, showing any signs of diminishing.

Deforestation is now the second leading cause of climate change globally, after burning fossil fuels, and is responsible for around 11% of all greenhouse gas emissions.  In the last 60 years more than half of tropical forests worldwide have been destroyed, reducing biodiversity and endangering rare species (see Fifth Special Report of Session – 2023-24: 

As we have previously reported here and here, EPA has designated perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (“PFOS”) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”).  These designations became effective today, July 8, 2024. As a result of the hazardous substance designation, EPA has its full enforcement authority under