Noah Sachs

Noah Sachs is a professor of law at the University of Richmond. He is a national expert in international environmental law and he directs the law school's Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies. His research focuses on regulation of toxics and hazardous waste, climate change, transboundary pollution, and sustainable economic development. Currently, he is on a fall semester sabbatical at Rocky Mountain Institute, where, as a Senior Research Fellow, he is conducting extensive research in improving the energy efficiency of appliances and electronics.

Climate & Energy

What’s missing in the Copenhagen accord?

Climate delegates finally finished two years of negotiations Saturday by “taking note” of the two-and-a-half page Copenhagen Accord hashed out Friday night. It reminded me of a marathoner who slow-walks the course, hobbles across the finish line seven hours late, …

Climate & Energy

Obama science advisor John Holdren on U.S. strategy in Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN — One of the puzzles about the U.S. strategy here in is how negotiators expected that pledging a 17 percent emissions reduction below 2005 levels by 2020 could be taken seriously. After all, that would bring the U.S. to …

Climate & Energy

What’s under construction in Copenhagen?

As 120 heads of state arrive at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, there’s amazingly little direction on just what exactly they are negotiating. Is this going to be an extension of the Kyoto Protocol (a second commitment period), or will …