Climate Adaptation Law

Climate Adaptation Law, in Global Climate Change and Law 677 (ABA Press, Michael B. Gerrard & Jody Freeman eds., 2nd ed. 2014).

Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 14-36

39 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2014 Last revised: 24 Oct 2015

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J. B. Ruhl

Vanderbilt University - Law School

Date Written: October 23, 2014

Abstract

In anticipation of the inevitable shift from adaptation planning to adaptation action, this chapter provides a background on climate change adaptation policy and a survey of climate impacts and adaptation responses likely to put some demand on legal institutions and rules. Part II defines the key concepts and terms of climate change adaptation as it has been discussed in major policy analyses. Part III then summarizes the scope and focus of federal, state, local, tribal, and private climate change adaptation planning initiatives. Part IV reviews the current law of climate change adaptation, which as mentioned above is not yet extensive. What few morsels of legal initiative exist break down into five types: (1) coastal land use controls; (2) environmental impact assessment programs; (3) corporate disclosure requirements; (4) endangered species protection; and (5) anti-adaptation measures. Part VI surveys the potential legal issues climate change adaptation could spark, organized into five categories: (1) land and resources; (2) infrastructure; (3) business disputes and regulation; (4) health and safety concerns; and (5) governance and process.

Keywords: Adaptation, Climate Change

Suggested Citation

Ruhl, J. B., Climate Adaptation Law (October 23, 2014). Climate Adaptation Law, in Global Climate Change and Law 677 (ABA Press, Michael B. Gerrard & Jody Freeman eds., 2nd ed. 2014).; Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 14-36. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2514173

J. B. Ruhl (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States

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