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Articles by John Nolon

John Nolan is the James D. Hopkins Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law and teaches in the fields of property, land use, real estate, and environmental law.

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The Pope recognizes the dangers of climate change.Photo: CatholicismCross-posted from GreenLaw.

Those of us who believe the overwhelming number of scientists who document and report on the existence of climate change tend to use those scientific conclusions to convince skeptics. There may be a better way. There are a number of institutions respected for their credibility and cautious approach to facts that have adopted this science and acted on the conclusion that climate change is occurring, that it is caused by us, and that the consequences are alarming.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, for example, requires companies to disclose material consequences [PDF] of projected climate change on their business. The Department of Defense [PDF] has identified that climate change “may act as an accelerant of instability or conflict,” as it “contribute[s] to food and water scarcity … [and increases] the spread of disease.” A study for Congress, co-chaired by a retired Navy admiral, “concluded that climate change is a ‘threat multiplier’ that adds new and unpredictable dangers to global physical and p... Read more