Environmental Law Alert Blog: Wading into the science on sea level rise – BC lags behind

Thursday, May 18, 2017 If you’ve been following BC’s sea-level woes extra closely, you’ll know that planning for a sea-level increase of “1 metre by 2100” has become a kind of mantra for local governments and others responsible for planning and readying our communities. While a one metre increase in sea-level rise may seem substantial, ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will BC’s climate plan be BC’s latest fudge-it budget?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 BC’s Climate Leadership Plan is missing in action.  Originally planned for release in December 2015, at the Paris Climate Talks, its release has been repeatedly delayed, with recent speculation pointing towards a dead-of-summer, don’t look now, release. BC’s Climate Leadership Plan is missing in action.  Originally planned for release in December ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Does Kenya’s Climate Change Act lead the way for climate lawsuits?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 It might seem a bit odd for Environmental Law Alert (based in BC, Canada) to be reporting on developments in Kenyan environmental law, but Kenya’s new Climate Change Act, 2014, brought into force in May 2016, contains a provision that is worth talking about around the world – one which provides ...

Politics and its Discontents: Climate Change Adaptation

As the effects of climate change become more pronounced, adaptive measures will need to taken alongside of measures ameliorating the rate of change (if that is in fact still even possible). One such step has been undertaken in California, a state that has been especially hard hit by drought. Orange County has undertaken an ambitious ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Should water managers put their head in the sand about climate change, or not?

Friday, October 11, 2013 Recently West Coast Staff Lawyer, Deborah Carlson, spoke to the Climate Change Committee of the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) about whether local governments and professionals dealing with water management more or less likely to be sued if they seriously examine for climate impacts. The answer should be obvious, but ...

Politics and its Discontents: Is Shortsightedness Our Tragic Flaw?

Rubber dinghies rescuing flooded train passengers. Cars submerged to their roofs. Raging river torrents. This could easily be a snapshot from India during monsoon season, but no, that was the situation in Toronto last evening as the city received more rain in a short period of time than had been experienced over 50 years ago ...