The consensus science conveyed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other authoritative sources makes a compelling case for finding foreign endangerment under Section 115. Foreign endangerment requires the Administrator find that reports and studies show that air pollutants emitted in the United States cause or contribute to endangerment in another country. On these points, there can be no serious argument. Nations around the world are exposed to extraordinary levels of climate risk. Moreover, the U.S. is not yet doing enough to reduce its emissions to “prevent or eliminate” this endangerment, though there are steps the United States could take to do so. Indeed, though the U.S. is far from having an adequate plan in place, such a plan is readily achievable.
Michael B. Gerrard
Michael B Gerrard and Meredith Wilensky
Teresa Parejo-Navajas and Michael B. Gerrard
This chapter examines the most important existing regulatory and policy measures to improve the resiliency and adaptive capacity of all types of residential and commercial buildings, both new and existing. It considers how buildings should be modified to cope with climate-related extreme events. Building codes and other legal requirements often lag seriously behind the need to revise them, and most builders do not go beyond what the codes require. Climate projections involve a wide uncertainty range, and protection against the worst case scenarios may be beyond the economic capacity of all but a few owners. Particular attention is paid to slums, and to provisional and post-disaster housing.