Adapting to a Warming World: Perspectives from the Environmental Law Collaborative

Apr 14, 2023

All Day

Boyd Law Building, Levitt Auditorium

130 Byington Road, Iowa City, IA 52246

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Join environmental scholars from around the country for a series of talks exploring what it means to adapt to a warming world. This event will take place in Levitt Auditorium, in the Boyd Law Building on the University of Iowa campus. The panels and talks for the day are as follows:

9:30 a.m: Welcoming Remarks

9:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Panel One: Adapting Law to a Warming World

  • Introduction to the Environmental Law Collaborative Project and the Disruptions of a Warming World
  • Western Water Rights in a 4°C Future
  • Waste and Chemical Management Beyond 2°C
  • Electricity Beyond 2°C

12:30 - 1:45 p.m. - Panel Two: Adapting Governance to a Warming World (Lunch Session)

  • 4Cs at 4°C: Counting, Contestation, Communication, and Consideration for Collectively Constructing Concepts of Climate Change
  • Climate Changed Communities
  • The Tyranny of Baselines and the Resiliency Struggle
  • Preemption: Opportunities and Obstacles for Climate Adaptation

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. - Panel Three: Equity and Justice in a Warming World

  • Survival Equity and Climate Change Triage: How to Decide Who Lives and Who Dies
  • Environmental Justice Beyond 2°
  • De-Centering Dominance for Climate Adaptation in a Worst-Case Climate World
  • Supplying Life Necessities in a Climate-Changed Future
  • America Erased

For more information, visit: https://heli.law.uiowa.edu/warmingworld

Food and drinks for the day will be provided for those who register in advance for this event. Registration is open now, via this link: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6lCJkcaB2JHUVFk

This event is sponsored by the Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative (HELI). With questions about this event, please contact HELI Program Director Blake Rupe at blake-rupe@uiowa.edu.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at

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