Environmental Law Collaborative’s Response to the IPCC Fifth Assessment

Environmental Law Reporter announced this week that its January 2015 issue of News & Analysis includes a collaborative piece by several leading environmental law professors–including Touro Law Prof and Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Institute Director Sarah Adams-Schoen.

A Response to the IPCC Fifth Assessment

45 ELR 10027 (2015)
by Sarah J. Adams-Schoen, Deepa Badrinarayana, Cinnamon Carlarne, Robin Kundis Craig, John C. Dernbach, Keith H. Hirokawa, Alexandra B. Klass, Katrina Fischer Kuh, Stephen R. Miller, Jessica Owley, Shannon Roesler, Jonathan Rosenbloom, Inara Scott, and David Takacs
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report presented significant data and findings about climate change. But the IPCC’s working groups’ summaries for policymakers avoid making normative statements about the IPCC’s findings. The authors, members of the Environmental Law Collaborative, bridge this gap by identifying the normative claims that stem from the working groups’ summaries to spark deeper discussion and help shape the IPCC’s sixth assessment.
You can read the abstract on ELR (and the entire article if you’re an ELR subscriber). Or, on SSRN, you can read the article and find other articles by the authors. According to the ELR website, ELR is “the most-often cited analysis of environmental, sustainability, natural resources, energy, toxic tort, and land use law and policy.”
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Welcome to the Touro Law Land Use blog

Welcome to the Touro Law Land Use blog.

This blog is designed to promote economic and environmental sustainability by fostering greater understanding of local land use law, environmental law and public policy. It will highlight:

  • New court decisions
  • New local, state, and federal laws and policies
  • Local government actions that guide or impact land use and community development, and
  • Upcoming events of interest to land use practitioners, including developers’ attorneys, land use planners, local government attorneys, architects and engineers, the sustainable development community, and state and local regulators.

The blog’s primary author, Sarah Adams-Schoen is a Professor at Touro Law and Director of Touro Law’s Land Use & Sustainable Development Law (LUSD) Institute. Located on Long Island in Central Islip, New York, the LUSD Law Institute provides practical resources to help create a more economically and environmentally sustainable Long Island, including hosting dialogues like the one pictured below, creating annotated model laws and best practice commentaries, and providing training and education for lawyers and the larger community.Image

Land use and sustainable development law provides a key means for addressing some of Long Island’s most pressing social and environmental concerns, including climate change and natural-disaster resiliency; the creation of thriving urban centers and mainstreets; affordable housing; and the management of water resources, including storm water, waste water, and drinking water.