CLEAR hosts and co-hosts numerous events related to climate change and climate change adaptation, and regularly welcomes leaders in climate change policy to speak at the law school. Many of these events are open to the public.
While the most recent events are listed below, event archives are available by academic year. Past events have featured speakers such as Rob Verchick, U.S. EPA Deputy Director of Policy, and Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, German Ambassador to the United States. Since 2008, CLEAR has also hosted four major national workshops, detailed elsewhere on the site.
Professor Flatt Discusses Legal Options for Climate Change Adaptation
On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, Professor Flatt spoke at the University of Richmond Law School.
Clear Welcomes Professor Christine Klein
Author of the recently-published Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Diaster, Professor Christine Klein discussed her book on October 30, 2014. Professor Klein, the Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, along with co-author Sandra Zellmer, has written a riveting account of disaster and how choices and policy affects our exposure to disaster.
American engineers have done astounding things to bend the Mississippi River to their will: forcing one of its tributaries to flow uphill, transforming over a thousand miles of roiling currents into a placid staircase of water, and wresting the lower half of the river apart from its floodplain. American law has aided and abetted these feats. But despite our best efforts, so-called “natural disasters” continue to strike the Mississippi basin, as raging floodwaters decimate waterfront communities and abandoned towns literally crumble into the Gulf of Mexico. In some places, only the tombstones remain, leaning at odd angles as the underlying soil erodes away. A Century of Unnatural Disaster reveals that it is seductively deceptive—but horribly misleading—to call such catastrophes “natural.”
CLEAR Co-Hosts Clean Power Plan Forum
On September 19, 2014, CLEAR, along with UNC’s Institute for the Environment, hosted Clean Power Plan: What EPA’s Carbon Rules Mean for North Carolina. After a welcome from Dean Boger, the forum commenced with an overview of EPA’s proposed carbon regulations from Marguerite McLamb, Policy Advisor, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, US EPA.
The overview was followed by a legal and policy analysis of the proposed regulation by a panel moderated by Maria Savasta-Kennedy and comprised of Jonas Monast, Jeremy Tarr, Victor Flatt, and David Ardia. The panel focused on potential challenges to the proposed rule and other policy considerations.
The panel discussing the impact of the proposed carbon regulations on North Carolina was moderated by Steve Levitas, Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. Panelists included Greg Andeck, Senior Manager, Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund; Chris Ayers, Executive Director, North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff; Cari Boyce, Vice President, Environmental and Energy Policy, Duke Energy; Sheila Holman, Director, Division of Air Quality, N.C. Department of Energy and Natural Resources; and Bob Keefe, Executive Director, Environmental Entrepreneurs.
Professor Flatt Speaks to WFAE on NC and Climate Change
Professor Flatt was interviewed in September, 2014, by Charlotte's NPR affiliate, WFAE, for a series of radio programs regarding North Carolina and climate change. The first part discusses the stop in preparations and lack of use of already-developed data and tools. The second part looks at the major climate change threats and how some are being worked on while others are not.