To Sue or Not to Sue: Legal Liability and Climate Adaptation with the Conservation Law Foundation

In episode 83 of America Adapts, host Doug Parsons interviews planner Deanna Moran and environmental lawyer, Elena Mihaly, from the Conservation Law Foundation.  Deanna and Elena come on to talk about their new report, Climate Adaptation and Legal Liability. Other topics include:  current court cases relevant to adaptation and climate change; using legal liability as a tool to affect policy decisions; the need to update building codes to reflect climate threats; what industries and sectors are most vulnerable to adaptation litigation and how will the legal system evolve with adaptation court cases. These topics and much, much more!

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Topics covered:

·        Using legal liability to change social behavior.

·        History of their adaptation and liability report

·        How the law will impact the diversity of sectors involved with adaptation.

·        New climate tools make it easier to use this type of evidence in court cases.

·        Discuss current Exxon case before the courts involving adaptation planning.

·        What sectors in society will have to be most sensitive to climate liability.

·        Why targeting the building codes is a strategic way to deal with climate liability.

·        Why do court cases take so long and will that be too late to affect adaptation?

·        The resignation of PG&E CEO and the role of adaptation liability in that decision.

Links in this episode:
https://www.clf.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/GRC_CLF_Report_R8.pdf
https://www.clf.org/about/our-team/deanna-moran/
https://www.clf.org/about/our-team/elena-mihaly/
https://dirt.asla.org/2018/11/08/welcome-to-the-age-of-climate-liability/
Previous Episode of America Adapts mentioned in this episode, “You Can’t Handle the Truth: Sea Level Rise and the Law.

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