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What is Global Climate Change?

ULWR? Choose a topic!


Venn Diagram - Topic / My Interests - Focus on Areas you are interested in

 Step 1:  Skim a book's "Table of Contents" and index for a topic overview.   

Step 2: Get a feel for what is hot right now! Look at websites of organizations, departments, or government entities involved in this area. Search for relevant news articles and sources.

Step 3:  Jot down some topics. Look at recent journal articles. Eliminate any topics which have been done to death.

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Research Guides


CAA Clean Air Act
CO2   Carbon Dioxide
CWA   Clean Water Act
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EPAct Energy Policy Act
ESA Endangered Species Act
GHG Greenhouse Gas

National Environmental Policy Act

NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
PSD Prevention of Significant Deterioration 

Legislation and Cases


  • Clean Air Act 
  • National Environmental Policy Act 
  • Endangered Species Act 
  • Clean Water Act 
  • National Climate Program Act 
  • Global Change Research Act of 1990
  • Energy Policy Act (EPAct of 1992, 2005)
  • Energy Policy and Conservation Act 
  • Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Rules


  • Massachusetts v. EPA 549 U.S. 497, 127 S.Ct. 1436 (2007)
  • American Elec. Co Inc. v. Connecticut, 582 F.3d 309 (2d Cir. 2009), cert. granted by American Elec. Co. Inc. v. Connecticut, 131 S. Ct. 813 (2010)
  • Comer v. Murphy Oil, 585 F.3d 855 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Mosbacher, 488 F.Supp.2d 889 (N.D. Cal. 2007)
  • Central Valley Chrysler-Jeep, Inc. v. Goldstene, 529 F.Supp.2d 1151 (E.D. Cal. 2007)
  • Center for Biological Diversity v. National Highway Traffic Safety Admin., 538 F.3d 1173 (9th Cir. 2008)

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