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Climate fatigue

Dan Farber, professor of law | April 28, 2015

I gather that people are tired of hearing about climate change. I’m tired of hearing about climate change, too. Sadly, Nature just doesn’t care that much about entertaining us. It’s going to be climate change this year, climate change next year, climate change the year after that . . . But don’t worry, it won’t … Continue reading »

The future of conservation

Eric Biber, professor of law | November 4, 2014

Earlier this year I wrote critically about a New York Times op-ed that proposed making the restrictions on development in wilderness areas more flexible in order to allow for adaptation to climate change. This week the Times published what I think is a much more helpful op-ed on the topic of how we should address … Continue reading »

The Pentagon sees climate change as a national-security threat; House Republicans seek to thwart it

Dan Farber, professor of law | May 27, 2014

The military considers climate change to be a threat to national security.  Naturally, that’s news that the House Republicans would like to suppress.  Last week, they tried to do something about it with an appropriations rider. Luckily, the amendment is so poorly drafted that it would accomplish almost nothing. None of the funds authorized to be … Continue reading »

Rethinking climate ‘adaptation’

Dan Farber, professor of law | November 18, 2013

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy talking about the need to adapt to climate change, but I’ve also become increasingly uneasy about “adaptation” as a way to think about the situation. One of the things I don’t like about the term “adaptation” is that it suggests that we actually can, at some expense, … Continue reading »

Executive Order calls for climate adaptation

Holly Doremus, professor of law | November 5, 2013

On Nov. 1, President Obama issued an Executive Order intended “to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience.” In some respects, this order simply continues ongoing efforts. Under this administration, the executive branch has already been doing a great deal of research, assessment, and … Continue reading »

Climate change and the Pope

Dan Farber, professor of law | March 1, 2011

Obviously, I need to pay more attention to news from the Vatican, since this story is a year old: Pope Benedict XVI focused his annual address to ambassadors accredited to the Vatican on the environment and the protection of creation. He denounced the failure of world leaders to agree to a new climate change treaty … Continue reading »