New: Adaptation Resource Database


Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by Jessica Wentz

The Sabin Center has introduced a new item to our collection of legal resources – a compilation of Legal Resources for Climate Change Adaptation.

The new page includes information about specific legal provisions that could be interpreted as requiring consideration of climate change-related risks, articles discussing the nature of legal obligations to adapt, and resources to facilitate adaptation planning efforts undertaken by government and private actors. It is intended as a complement to our Handbook of Adaptation Advocacy Strategies and other publications on the topic of adaptation. Some of the topics covered include:

•  Federal laws that can be interpreted as requiring the federal government or private actors to prepare for and mitigate risks related to climate change

•  Common law doctrines that can be used to compel government actors to prepare for and mitigate risks related to climate change

•  The role of local land use and planning laws in climate change adaptation

•  The role of building codes in climate change adaptation

•  The extent to which contractual, fiduciary and professional obligations entail obligations related to the disclosure and/or mitigation of climate change-related risks

Our faculty director Michael Gerrard has also published a book that contains a more in-depth analysis of many of these legal issues: The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change: U.S. and International Aspects (Michael B. Gerrard & Katrina F. Kuh, eds., ABA 2012).

For questions about or submissions to the adaptation resources page, please contact Jessica Wentz, jwentz@law.columbia.edu.

For an overview of all of the Sabin Center’s online resources, click here.

For an overview of our work on adaptation law, click here.

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