Professor Brings Climate Change Debate To Legal Studies

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Albert Monroe
Albert Monroe

Law professor Albert Monroe believes the number one problem facing the world going forward is climate change.

From his perspective, the problems associated with global warming and other changes aren't just meant to keep scientists busy. As a lawyer, Monroe said, he can make use of his expertise to make a difference too.

"I do feel a responsibility to use whatever skills I have to make the world a better place," he said. "What's going on is pretty serious."

Take Miami, Fla., which he says will eventually be under water. Elsewhere, severe droughts will make it impossible for farmers to grow certain crops they used to grow.

Many species of animals will become extinct, falling victim to widespread droughts and famines, as average temperatures reach a good eight or nine degrees warmer by the century's end.

"We really want to avoid a collapse of the world climate system," said Monroe. "To me, I think this is the biggest problem humanity faces. We can beat this. We can save our climate system. It's going to be more difficult but something we all have to do because if we don't, the destruction will be immense."

Monroe's activism with regard to climate change will be on full display at Quinnipiac University School of Law next semester where he will be teaching Climate Change Law and Policy. Monroe was recently hired by the university's law school as a visiting assistant professor.

Monroe earned a law degree from Yale University, a doctorate in economics at Harvard University and bachelor's degrees in economics and chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"I know a lot about science but the issues have gotten increasingly more difficult," Monroe said. "The regulations are almost incomprehensibly complicated."

As such, Monroe said climate change is not an issue for just scientists. There is plenty for a lawyer to do as well. Further, he said climate change issues touch upon international law too.

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