Tagged: Policy

Adapting Water Law to Public Necessity: Reframing Climate Change Adaptation as Emergency Response and Preparedness

The article argues that viewing climate change impacts on water supply as an ongoing emergency could provide a more productive framework for initiating and implementing adaptation strategies. Classifying climate change’s impacts on water supply as a real crisis allows adaptation planning to become a form of emergency preparedness, and could provide needed flexibility both legally and politically. An analysis of property rights barriers in the context of implementing adaptation strategies to help with the water supply crisis is provided.

Stemming the Tide: How Local Governments Can Manage Rising Flood Risks

This case study analyzes Virginia local governments’ authority to use existing land use powers to adapt to the impacts of sea-level rise and flooding. Specifically, this study looks at local authority to implement policy options identified in Virginia’s Climate Action Plan. State and local government officials in other states may find the study helpful in determining how local government land use powers in their states may be used as part of a climate adaptation plan. .

“Stationarity Is Dead” — Long Live Transformation: Five Principles for Climate Change Adaptation Law

This Article argues for a flexible model of climate change adaptation law to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of socio-ecological systems. It provides cases of climate change impacts already having a profound impact on these systems, and makes an argument for why environmental laws and policies are not keeping up with the changes afoot.   It lays out five principles and several sub-principles for environmental regulation and natural resource management, to guide climate change adaptation law.

Shoreline Impacts, Setback Policy and Sea Level Rise – Hawaii

Published by the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP) at the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant program, this project analyzed legislation proposed to change Hawaii’s coastal setback laws. ICAP prepared this whitepaper at the request of then Senator Shan Tsutsui, whose office sought a technical evaluation of Senate Bill 468 (relating to shoreline setbacks). ICAP finds that SB 468 as originally introduced would have a beneficial net impact on coastal resiliency for the State of Hawai‘i.

Conservation and Management of Ecological Systems in a Changing California

Developed by the Public Policy Institute of California as part of the Preparing California for a Changing Climate project, this report addresses conservation and resource management challenges, given current regulatory and governance structures, for protecting biodiversity in the face of climate change. The focus is on land-based conservation of natural habitat near developing urban areas and in more remote forested areas.

Assessment of Redefining Florida’s Coastal High Hazard Area

This report examines how a 2006 legislative change to Coastal High Hazard Area (CHHA) policies of HB 1359 changed the CHHA boundaries and may compromise resiliency and land development in Florida's coastal communities, particularly in light of concerns regarding climate change and sea-level rise.

Assessment of Redefining Florida’s Coastal High Hazard Area

This report examines how a 2006 legislative change to Coastal High Hazard Area (CHHA) policies of HB 1359 changed the CHHA boundaries and may compromise resiliency and land development in Florida’s coastal communities, particularly in light of concerns regarding climate change and sea-level rise.

Global Climate Change and Wildlife

This 2007 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report for Congress addresses three topics: climate change effects on wildlife, the ability for wildlife to adapt to climate change, and policy implications. This high-level report identifies potential legislative implications that could result from climate change. For example, wildlife laws and management plans developed with an understanding of the life history, distribution, and habitat needs of species may warrant assessments to see if they function as desired under projected climate conditions.