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“Climate Change Policy Failures” by Professor Howard Latin Chosen as One of Best Recent Books on the Environment

March 19, 2013 – 

Howard Latin, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been recognized by his peers for cogently presenting the case for tackling climate-change risks by adopting clean replacement technologies rather than failed emissions-reductions plans.

Environmental law professors have identified Climate Change Policy Failures: Why Conventional Mitigation Approaches Cannot Succeed (World Scientific Publishing, 2012) as one of the best environmental scholarly books of last year or this year. The list was compiled by Harvard Law School professor Richard J. Lazarus. An expert in environmental and natural resources law, Lazarus is the principal author of Deep Water – The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling, which is the report to the president of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission, for which he served as the executive director.

Professor Latin’s book was one of only seven selected, and the only work on global climate change. In Climate Change Policy Failures, Latin explains why current national and international mitigation programs would achieve too little greenhouse gas reductions over too long a period of time. Instead, he proposes a shift to a “clean” technology-replacement strategy that could support current living standards and expand economic development without further damaging the climate.

Climate Change Policy Failures “will definitely make you think about alternative mitigation approaches,” says former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency general counsel E. Donald Elliott, who describes Howard Latin as “one of the world’s most provocative and creative environmental experts.”

On Saturday, April 13, 2013, Latin will keynote the Villanova Environmental Law Journal’s Annual Blank Rome LLP Symposium, which is devoted to his book and its central themes. The symposium title is “Decarbonization: A New Direction for Climate Change Policy?”

Speakers include: Dr. Stewart Prager, director of the Princeton Plasma Lab; Dr. Michael Trachtenberg, managing director of Greenhouse Gas Industries, LLC, and an adjunct professor at Rutgers University; Dr. Ajay K. Prasad, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Fuel Cell Research at the University of Delaware; Dr. Frank Felder, director of the Center for Energy, Economic & Environmental Policy at Rutgers University; Kenneth Gillingham, assistant professor of economics at Yale University; David Driesen, University Professor at Syracuse University College of Law; and Matthew Stepp, senior policy analyst at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation.

Professor Latin joined the Rutgers faculty after earning a B.A. from Brandeis and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Australia and South Africa, and has traveled to more than 40 countries while conducting research on global climate change and international biodiversity conservation issues. An elected member of the American Law Institute since 1992, Latin has served as a consultant on environmental and torts issues to several government agencies and advocacy groups. For the past few years, he has focused on climate-policy mitigation alternatives from a multi-disciplinary perspective: using law, economics, diverse social sciences, and international relations.