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Extreme Weather and Climate Change

December 2020

Citation: 50 ELR 10963

Issue: 12

Author: Rebecca L. Kihslinger, Sarah Kapnick, Paul A. Hanle, Edward Kussy, and Aladdine Joroff

People, businesses, cities, and states are increasingly burdened by extreme weather events. Drought, heat, wildfires, precipitation, hurricanes, and tornadoes are becoming more intense. Most analysts point toward an emerging trend: as the earth warms, extreme weather events are becoming more costly and more deadly, though some raise lingering uncertainties about linking climate change to specific types of weather or specific events. On June 25, 2020, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) hosted an expert panel that explored extreme weather adaptation and resiliency efforts in the United States. Below, we present a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Rebecca L. Kihslinger (moderator) is a Senior Science and Policy Analyst at ELI. Sarah Kapnick is Deputy Division Leader and Research Physical Scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Paul A. Hanle is the Project Leader of the Climate Judiciary Project at ELI, and formerly President and CEO of Climate Central. Edward Kussy is a Partner at Nossaman LLP. Aladdine Joroff is a Staff Attorney and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

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