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Obama and Congress must fight climate change like they do terrorism

Andrew Guzman writes for The Christian Science Monitor, June 25, 2013

The word “tax” is taboo in this Congress, at least in the House. But a carbon tax should be welcomed because it gets directly at the problem, carbon. It will change behavior—from consumers to businesses—without restrictive or cumbersome regulation. It will reduce the use of fossil fuels, encourage the development of renewables, and generate revenue that can be used to reduce the deficit, fund other programs, or be reimbursed to the public.


$1.63 billion Toyota class-action settlement near

Andrew Bradt quoted in Orange County Register, June 24, 2013 (registration required)

“It is certainly a very large settlement for this sort of case,” said Andrew Bradt, assistant professor of law and an expert on complex and multi-district litigation at the University of California, Berkeley…. “Toyota had advanced potentially viable defenses here, but what it signals is that rather than face the uncertainty of litigation, it made the most economic sense for them to obtain closure through the settlement.”


The dangers of climate chanage

Andrew Guzman interviewed by Current TV, The War Room, June 20, 2013

“There’s a sense that people have that climate change is a scientific topic, which obviously it is, but it’s also a social topic; how we respond to it is something that economists and law scholars look at all the time.”


The heat is on; can we turn it off?

Andrew Guzman quoted in Men’s Health, May 24, 2013

“Eventually, in this century, a very large share of [glaciers and snowpack] will shrink to the point of no longer being of value as water-storage tools. For the first time in human history you have cut off that water supply, or at least dramatically diminished its value. More flooding in wet periods. More drought in dry periods. California’s going to have a water crisis by 2050.”


Even in the best-case scenario, climate change will kick our asses

Andrew Guzman quoted in Grist, May 9, 2013

“We know where people go when they lose their land: They go to cities, and they go to refugee camps,” Guzman says. “So the Bangladeshi cities that remain are going to be overrun and crumbling. Just think of the sewage system alone.” Lest you think no one has considered what might happen next, in recent years India has increased security along the border with Bangladesh…. “So how much violence are you prepared to use to keep that border secure? It’s not at all clear to me that the border can remain intact.”


Consumer climates: climate change and its political repercussions

Andrew Guzman’s book cited in The Nation, May 8, 2013

Guzman’s insights about the vulnerabilities of states and societies to the competing needs of their populations expose the other major pressure point in the generally optimistic picture presented by the three agency reports: the mounting expectations of millions of new middle-class consumers in search of the goods and amenities promised by years of mass-market advertising and flamboyant political pronouncements.


‘Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change’ by Andrew Guzman

Andrew Guzman’s book reviewed by The Washington Post, May 3, 2013

With lines like “The changing climate will create a world of people dying of thirst and hunger,” ‘Overheated’ can be a hard book to read. But its strength lies in its clear-eyed assessment of the costs involved in various policy responses to the issue. “There should be no mistaking the fact that this will involve some economic sacrifice,” he writes…. Unless we impose a higher price on carbon, he warns, “we will trigger human tragedy on a scale the world has never seen.”


Earth Day: 12 intriguing new environmental books

Andrew Guzman’s book reviewed by USA Today, April 25, 2013

This book is a cautionary tale of what will happen if the world warms by 2 degrees Celsius, a fairly optimistic scientific prediction. Guzman, a law professor at the University of California-Berkeley, says it could incite terrorism as groups fight for scarcer resources, cause island nations to disappear, and displace millions of people to refugee camps where infectious disease could spread.


What global warming looks like on the ground

Andrew Guzman interviewed by KPFA FM, Up Front, March 25, 2013

Climate change is often thought of as a scientific topic, which it is, but it’s a lot more than that. Once we acknowledge that there are changes to our physical world as a result of climate change, there’s another step: What’s it going to do to human beings? What’s it going to do to you and me?


UC Berkeley prof, author sounds alarm on climate change

Andrew Guzman quoted in San Jose Mercury News, March 21, 2013

“A conservative assumption is that we will see a rise in global temperature of 2 degrees Celsius in this century,” Guzman said. He said that type of rise in global temperature will kill hundreds of millions and “badly damage” billions of people. “Those numbers are alarming, but that is because we should be alarmed,” he said.


How a drought in China may have helped spark the Arab Spring

Andrew Guzman quoted in The Toronto Star, March 5, 2013

“We will have more droughts, more floods, and they will be more severe,” Guzman says. Historically, big droughts were far apart, maybe as much as a 100 years between two. “Now, they happen often and they have global impact.” Future conflicts, says Guzman, will be caused by, or become worse because of, climate change.


‘Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change’

Andrew Guzman interviewed by KQED-FM, Forum with Michael Krasny, February 21, 2013

“It struck me that being an international law professor and not working on this particular international problem is a little bit like being a European military expert in 1939 and not being interested in Nazi Germany; this seems very central. It soon became clear to me that the main hurdle to further progress on climate change was that the public didn’t have a complete sense of how severe the problem was.”


Impact of climate change

Andrew Guzman interviewed by KRON4-TV, News Weekend, February 10, 2013

“Close to 30 percent of that [Sierra] snowpack should be gone by 2050. If you think of how much water that provides us, and you know that our population in California is growing, the arithmetic of water in California just doesn’t work.”


Climate change and the shrinking Mississippi

Andrew Guzman writes for Huffington Post, January 9, 2013

The United States is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in American history. One consequence is that the water level of the Mississippi River has fallen to the point where the river itself may have to be shut down to shipping traffic. What would a shutdown mean? Well, consider that 60 percent of all grain exported from the United States travels on the river. Or that over a period of a couple of weeks the river carried goods through St. Louis that would fill 500,000 semi trucks. In other words, we have no workable substitute for the river.


Sandy and sewage: why we underestimate the costs of climate change

Andrew Guzman writes for The Huffington Post, December 17, 2012

We need to see climate change as more than simply a series of weather events that will cause the same kind of harm that weather always causes…. Each such event puts a strain on the basic infrastructure upon which we rely for our daily lives: sewage, health care, food, water, transportation, communication. Sometimes these systems will be strained enough to fail, and when they do, as happened to sewage systems during Hurricane Sandy, costs (both human and financial) skyrocket.


Andrew Guzman Says International Law Programs Still Evolving

The Huffington Post, February 8, 2011 by John Haffner
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-haffner/lawyers-without-borders-i_b_820548.html

As Andrew Guzman, director of graduate programs at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law candidly comments, “I don’t think that law schools, collectively, have figured out what it is they should be doing. A lot of schools are trying different things with the word ‘international’ in them.”


Andrew Guzman Estimates the True Costs of Climate Change

The Huffington Post, December 15, 2009 by Andrew Guzman
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-guzman/the-true-costs-of-climate_b_392510.html?view=screen

Before we decide how much we’re willing to spend to mitigate climate change, we need to know what it will cost if we don’t. The conventional view in policy circles is that climate change will cost the United States somewhere between 0 and 2 percent of GDP by the year 2100. But a more thorough accounting points to a much heavier price.


Kenneth Bamberger and Andrew Guzman Want Companies Liable for Unsafe Imports

San Francisco Chronicle, February 25, 2009 by Kenneth A. Bamberger and Andrew T. Guzman
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/02/25/EDDK164HUP.DTL&type=printable

Where imports are likely to pose a threat to consumers, higher legal penalties should be imposed on U.S. companies trading in these unsafe products, making these firms liable for the true costs of their foreign activity.


Kenneth Bamberger and Andrew Guzman Think U.S. Firms Should be Liable for Unsafe Imports

San Jose Mercury News, January 26, 2009 by Ken Bamberger and Andrew Guzman
http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_11557900

If their bottom line is affected, companies will check to see how their toys, medicines, pet food and other products are made and whether they are safe. American importers and sellers have no trouble fine-tuning their products to the precise demands of the American consumer. There is no reason to think they are any less able to make sure that the products won’t injure us or our children.


Andrew Guzman Explains Benefits and Drawbacks of Free Trade

KGO-TV, Oct. 29, 2008 by David Louie
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/business&id=6477935

“For the waitress who’s not in a trading industry and who has a low income, that person is much better off with free trade because they get cheaper textiles, cheaper cars, cheaper food, and for people in industries that are trading, admittedly those people can suffer some dislocation if trade is open, but the flip side is true if trade is closed. If trade is closed, then other people lose their jobs,” said Andrew Guzman Ph.D., an international law professor and economist.