Research Handbook on Climate Disaster Law
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Research Handbook on Climate Disaster Law

Barriers and Opportunities

Edited by Rosemary Lyster and Robert R.M. Verchick

Through assessing climate disaster law in relation to international, public, private and environmental law this Research Handbook considers the unique challenges, barriers and opportunities that climate disasters pose for law and policy. Scientific and empirical evidence suggests that the laws addressing natural disasters cannot be adequately applied to disasters that are caused by climate change. Featuring contributions from leading international experts, this Research Handbook will be a useful resource for those with an interest in environmental law and international policymaking.
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Chapter 18: Climate change and property law

John D. Echeverria


The serious, predictable effects of climate change may generate significant change in U.S. property law. This chapter focuses on U.S. law, but hopefully offers useful insights for how climate change may affect property law in other countries. Some property law regimes are designed to accommodate change in the physical environment and therefore should actually help facilitate adaptation to modest climate change impacts. However, more dramatic climate change impacts will create pressure for major changes in existing legal regimes; the examples explored in this chapter include coastal boundary law, entitlements to the use of surface waters, and regulatory takings doctrine.

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