Climate change has been described as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, threatening the environment and economic prosperity. Obtaining a balance between economic growth and development and regulation of carbon emissions and other air pollution has never been more difficult or more critical than it is today. This course will examine environmental policy problems relating to climate change and air pollution. We will review key environmental laws that affect climate change and air quality in the United States, such as the treaties and reports from the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, the Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. We will study relevant concepts including prevention, mitigation and adaptation. We will examine how defining the scope of a project affects what mitigation is required. The course also emphasizes skills development, including how to analyze judicial decisions and statutes, perform legal research, and write about it.
This course is offered during the third module block.