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Climate Change Adaptation ENV5343

Climate Change Adaptation in Human Systems
Impacts of climate change on human systems - infrastructure, property, and possessions - poses both a challenge to law, and an illustration of how the law and legal institutions evolve in response to major social changes. This course examines the legal challenges raised by the need for our society to adapt to the impacts of global warming. Students will examine the inadequacy of current legal and policy structures to address new risks, and the need for alternative tools in light of rapidly changing circumstances. The course will examine the need for new ways to address sea shore erosion and rising sea levels, higher flooding risks, strategies for relocating urban populations to higher ground, the changing property value and ownership patterns of personal and leased land, federal and state property insurance policies, and techniques for reallocating water supplies.


The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change