The Challenge of Climate Change Adaptation: Learning from National Planning Efforts in Britain, China, and the United States

Journal of Environmental Law, August 25, 2011

UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1789194

24 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2011 Last revised: 28 Aug 2011

Daniel A. Farber

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Abstract

This paper surveys projected climate impacts and national planning efforts in three major countries. The three countries are in varying stages of planning for climate adaptation. Planning frameworks in all three countries suffer from a lack of specificity and urgency. To address this situation, the paper recommends the use of scenario planning, including consideration of high-impact scenarios, to address the downside risks of climate change, and identifying and prioritizing impacts on vulnerable populations such as the elderly, the poor, and coastal communities.

Suggested Citation

Farber, Daniel A., The Challenge of Climate Change Adaptation: Learning from National Planning Efforts in Britain, China, and the United States. Journal of Environmental Law, August 25, 2011; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1789194. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1789194

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