March 17, 2023 4:00 PM to 5:15 PMUptown Campus
Climate change is no longer a hypothetical future threat—it is knocking at the front door, especially for vulnerable communities like those along the low-lying Gulf Coast. With so much work to be done, any efforts that simultaneously mitigate climate change drivers and build resilience against climate change impacts are increasingly attractive. Some of our best tools in this regard utilize natural- and nature-based solutions. However, taking full advantage of these solutions implicates complicated issues of property and mineral law, market regulation, federal mandates, and sovereign duties, among others. This panel will examine some of the legal barriers and implications of nature-based approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation, particularly within the Gulf Coast. Jim Blackburn, professor of Environmental Law at Rice University, will discuss his work related to BCarbon, and the attempts to address atmospheric buildup of carbon dioxide from a legal perspective.