Funding Adaptation: Financing Resiliency Through Sea Level Derivatives

By Sevren Gourley* Coastal municipalities are struggling to address the uncertain future risks created by sea level rise. Conventional models of ex ante protection and ex post relief are both too costly and often insufficient to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Sea level derivative instruments provide an alternative model for financing adaptation projects that […]

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International Aviation and Climate Change

I. Introduction International aviation presents a serious issue when it comes to climate change. Two percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be attributed to international flights, and the amount of CO2 emissions from these flights is growing rapidly.[1] From 1990-2010 CO2 emissions from the international aviation industry increased 40%; if the aviation sector […]

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Cap or Indicator? Is the Texas Education Agency Helping or Hurting our Special Education Population?

By Irma Cruz* The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), originally called the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, is the federal law governing special education. Congress enacted IDEA because millions of students with disabilities were being denied proper educational services.[i] IDEA’s mission is to provide all students who have disabilities with an “appropriate […]

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Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

By Megan Stamm* Overview On October 14, 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final version of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).[1] The new version implemented changes that addressed issues physicians had concerning Medicare.[2] These regulations will encourage physicians to accept more patients using Medicare by issuing incentive plans. […]

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