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272.3 sec. 001 - Climate Change and the Law (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Daniel Farber  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


MW 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Law 140
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number: 32441
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 56
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 61
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

We stand at a pivotal time in the effort to confront climate change. Emissions reduction must move rapidly if we are going to keep changes in climate manageable. Congress has recently provided billions of dollars in funding to accelerate the transition away from the carbon economy; EPA is issuing new regulations; and states like California have ambitious regulatory schemes. Meanwhile the clock is ticking. We are also beginning to see just how much harm global warming can cause.
This class will provide a solid background on the law and policy of climate change. We begin with background on climate policy and climate justice, followed by a deep dive into federal and state regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. We will then consider international efforts to reduce emissions, the challenges of adapting to the surge in extreme weather events and sea level rise; and the possibility of managing climate change through geo-engineering. Students will emerge with a broad understanding of the complex legal framework applying to the climate issue. The grade will be based on short papers on individual topics chosen by the students.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Environmental and Energy Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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