Panel 3: “Perspectives from Law and Policy”

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  Professor Ronald Rosenberg (William & Mary Law School) moderated the third panel on Saturday. This panel discussed legal issues local governments will face when dealing with sea level rise. The panel was composed of Professor Peter Byrne (Georgetown Law Center), Professor John Echeverria (Vermont Law School), and Professor John Nolon (Pace Law School). Byrne started the panel by discussing Koontz v. St. Johns River Management District. According to him the three main constraints on local governments are 1) local politics, 2) state authorizing statutes, and 3) the takings clause, as interpreted by the US Supreme Court. Traditionally, the takings clause hasn't been that much of a limitation and was only invoked if regulation destroys all of the economic value of a property. However, based on Koontz,this could become more … [Read more...]

Panel 2: “From Power Lines to Ports: Protecting Critical Infrastructure”

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Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff moderated the second panel on Saturday. This panel discussed critical infrastructure (“CI”). The panel was composed of Mark Slauter (Virginia Department of Emergency Management), David White (Virginia Maritime Association), Speaker Pollard (Christian & Barton, LLC), Heather Wood (Virginia Port authority), and Trip Pollard (Southern Environmental Law Center). Mary-Carson started the panel off by asking the members to introduce themselves, give their definition of CI, and state their greatest concern related to protecting critical infrastructure.   Pollard (Trip) described CI as essential physical facilities (bridges, roads, ports, airports, natural gas lines, etc.) and said his greatest concern is that we are nowhere near ready for the problems we are already dealing with let alone what's … [Read more...]

Managing Climate Risks in the Global Context:  Why Adaptation Matters for National Security

Rear Admiral Jonathan White

Presented by: Rear Admiral Jonathan White, Oceanographer of the Navy Jonathan White was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in August 2012 and became Director of Task Force Climate Change and the Navy Deputy to NOAA. White began his talk with a quip that he was excited to come down from DC for this event, as he rarely gets to talk to lawyers for free. In talking about the Navy's long running inquiry into climate change, he listed three primary issues that they are focused on: 1) the Arctic, in terms of maritime responsibility; 2) the role of the Navy in coastal policy, noting that Navy bases are very vulnerable; and 3) global security. “Everything going on with climate change has to do with water,” he noted, listing the acidification of oceans, increasing droughts, and flooding in the Himalayas that is occurring for the first … [Read more...]

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