Climate Liability: municipal responsibilities in a changing climate
Climate change and extreme weather events are placing stressors on municipal services, infrastructure and codes/standards. Further dialogue is needed on the legal implications of climate change adaptation and how governments could implement legislation to deal with it, and how the courts can apply and develop the common law in the context of climate change.
Legal actions have been taken in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, focused on a variety of actors for alleged actions or omissions, all related in some way to emissions of greenhouse gases ("GHGs"). Some of these legal actions have been brought against governmental actors, to force procedural consideration of global climate change impacts.
Municipalities as they are integrally involved in the planning, design, construction and operation of infrastructure, setting standards, and zoning codes and in delivering services to their communities will need to take reasonable account of the likely effects of climate change, and act accordingly, to avoid potential legal liability along with other key stakeholders.
This webinar will introduce the context on the current state of affairs and the legal environment surrounding potential liabilities for municipalities to consider.