This course (1) describes the expected impacts of climate change that are now inevitable in coastal cities and rural areas around the world, particularly in developing countries; (2) summarizes the provisions of the December 2015 Paris Agreement dealing with climate adaptation; (3) examines the strategies that major cities like New York, Cape Town (South Africa), Dakar (Senegal), Maputo (Mozambique) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) have undertaken to try to avoid or reduce the potentially disastrous effects of sea level rise, drought, disease and the breakdown of civil order from climate change over the balance of the 21st century; (4) summarizes the best practices for countries seeking to confront food insecurity due to drought, heat waves, and deforestation in rural food producing regions; (5) assesses the climate-related problems faced by many of the world’s 40 million “internally displaced persons” (IDPs); and (6) analyzes potential financing sources for the substantial funds required to carry out successful urban, rural and IDP adaptation, including a proposed new international financial transaction tax dedicated to climate adaptation.
I. Understand the threat that climate change poses to major cities around the world during the balance of the 21st century
II. Review the provisions of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change relevant to climate resiliency and financing
III. Gain familiarity with the urban and rural climate adaptation programs being pursued in those parts of the world most vulnerable to climate change
IV. Understand the options available to meet the long-term financing needs of developing countries seeking to adapt to climate change before their cities become unlivable and their food sources disappear
V. Understand the role of the U.S., the E.U. and other developed countries in helping developing countries to adapt to climate change – and the stakes for the U.S. and others if those efforts do not succeed
Stephen L. Kass is Senior Environmental Counsel and founder of the Environmental Practice Group at Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP in New York. Prior to joining Carter Ledyard & Milburn, he was a founding partner of Berle, Kass & Case, a firm specializing in environmental law from the field’s inception in the 1970s. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University in 1961 and his LL.B. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1964. He is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and at NYU’s Center on Global Affairs, where he teaches courses on climate change, human rights and the environment. Mr. Kass has written a regular column on “Environmental Law” and “International Environmental Law” for the New York Law Journal since 1986, is a past Vice-President of the New York City Bar Association, current Chair of the Association’s Task Force on Climate Adaptation, an emeritus director of Human Rights Watch (where he chaired its Policy Committee) and a member (and past chair) of the board of directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.
Interesting and well presented
Excellent materials and speaker
Would like to see a corollary course on local and state government climate change adaptation policy, planning, and financing.
Eye-opening. Extremely interesting. Everyone should take this course, not just lawyers. Issues have been raised that require planning for immediate solutions. Sound the alarm!
The world is getting smaller and we all need to work together to make it work
Excellent course for anyone involved in any kind of long-term planning. There are issues here that will run through all aspects of our society (and legal system).
Inspiring and deeply informative lecture
The most insightful, provocative and alarming review of the subject. A superior presentation by Mr. Kass.
Thought provoking and informative. I will watch this again.
Phenomenal. Excellent presentation.
very informative and knowledgeable
This was an excellent, sobering presentation, which should be given wide distribution to attorneys, public officials and the public at large.
Important subject; well presented
This is the most interesting and important CLE presentation I have seen. I highly recommend it to all attorneys regardless of their areas of practice..
This was the best Lawline class, the best MCLE class, that I've ever taken. Lawline needs to work with Stephen Kass to produce more like it.
Outstanding and important presentation. Highly knowledgeable and experienced presenter. Excellent slides and materials. Most highly recommended.
Thought provoking, important presentation.
Excellent on the issues, impacts and range of proposed solutions.
A follow-up course in another year or so would be interesting.
Highly recommended! Superb course from an environmental law legend. I learned a lot regarding the science and law of climate change and adaptation from this course.