Liz Klebaner Discusses Coastal Impacts of Climate Change

ELR—The Environmental Law Reporter

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) published highlights from a panel discussion that Liz Klebaner contributed to in the March 2022 issue of ELR—The Environmental Law Reporter. The discussion focused on how the “collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex in Surfside, Florida, raised questions about how climate change and environmental impacts may cause damage to coastal buildings” and how “independent structural issues are suspected to be a major factor in the collapse, but scientists and legal researchers posit that environmental factors also played a role.”

The panel discussion took place on December 20, 2021, with ELI hosting a cross-section of panelists that explored the climate risks to coastal communities and buildings in Florida, California and elsewhere. In addition to Liz, panelists included Dr. Tayebeh Tajalli Bakhsh, Ocean Engineer and Team Lead at the RPS Group; Daniel O. Suman, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami; and Jon Paul “J.P.” Brooker, the Director of Florida Conservation at the Ocean Conservancy. Amy Reed, a Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute, moderated the discussion.

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