A Conversation with Adaptation Lawyer Margaret Peloso

In episode 64 of America Adapts, Doug Parsons talks with Margaret Peloso, of the law firm Vinson and Elkins.  Margaret shares insights from her book Adapting to Rising Sea Levels: Legal Challenges and Opportunities. Doug and Margaret dig into topics such as the conversion of private land to public land as the oceans rise; adaptation and the public trust doctrine; coastal Superfund sites and corporate responsibility; will eminent domain drive coastal planning in the years ahead and much more!

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • The public trust and sea level rise;
  • Legal precedent and sea level rise;
  • A new definition of private property;
  • Sea level rise and Superfund sites;
  • Policy versus the law as an adaptation strategy;
  • The legal definition of resilience;
  • Adaptation law as a profession;
  • The advantages and perils of using eminent domain for coastal planning;
  • Favorite lawyer movies and favorite lawyer jokes.

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Links in episode:
https://www.amazon.com/Adapting-Rising-Sea-Levels-Opportunities/dp/1611636183
https://www.velaw.com/Who-We-Are/Find-a-Lawyer/Peloso–Margaret/
https://www.velaw.com/AdaptingToRisingSeaLevels/
From the NYT on chemical plants:
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/06/climate/flood-toxic-chemicals.html
Predictive tools on SLR to assist the corporate community: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/climate/mapping-future-climate-risk.html
EPA’s page on Superfund and climate change:
https://www.epa.gov/superfund/superfund-climate-change-adaptation
AP article on superfund sites prone to flooding (has a great interactive map): https://www.apnews.com/31765cc6d10244588805ee738edcb36b
Australia Adaptation Summit
http://vicadaptation18.w.yrd.currinda.com/#
http://climate-adaptation-2018.w.yrd.currinda.com/what-39-s-on#program-header

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