U.S. Climate change policy and its implications for India

@ATREE, 2 June 2014, Monday, 3.45pm

Prof Sachs’ talk will cover why the U.S. has not pursued an active climate change policy until recently, with a focus on American public opinion and the structural impediments in American government to passing major legislation. He will discuss recent initiatives under President Obama's 2013 Climate Change Action Plan. Finally, he will talk about the implications of the US government position for India and for the upcoming international climate negotiations in Paris in 2015.

About Noah Sachs
University of Richmond School of Law
Director, Merhige Center for Environmental Studies
Currently Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Scholar 2014 at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Professor Noah Sachs’ scholarship, which focuses on climate change, toxic substance and hazardous waste regulation, and transboundary pollution, has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and University of Illinois Law Review, among other venues, and his co-authored text, Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste, is the leading casebook on toxic substances regulation. Professor Sachs was awarded the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator award in 2013, the highest recognition for teaching and scholarship on the faculty. He was also chosen as the University of Richmond’s Outstanding Faculty nominee in the rising star category to the Virginia State Council of Higher Education in 2009. Professor Sachs was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in India in the spring of 2014, where he focused on emerging environmental markets in India and the challenges of implementing market-oriented environmental reforms in developing countries.