• Legal Liability of Design Professionals for Failure to Adapt to Climate Change
  • May 29, 2019 | Authors: Andrew P. Selman; Elena Mihaly
  • Law Firms: Vandeventer Black LLP - Norfolk Office; Vandeventer Black LLP - Richmond Office
  • Our climate is changing, and new scientific evidence suggests that the scale and pace of climate change impacts could be even greater than originally expected.1 While the results of climate change and their severity vary geographically, many areas will face increased temperatures and more frequent and more intense storms, and coastal areas will be especially prone to flooding because of rising sea levels. Other areas will see higher temperatures, increased instances of heavy precipitation, a rising sea level, and more intense storms.2 These climate conditions will extraordinarily impact our built environment. Because it is already too late to avert significant and adverse climate changes through mitigation strategies,3 and because we have new tools to model and assess climate risk for communities and regions, climate adaptation strategies have become crucial to regulation, planning, design, and related disciplines.