The Board of the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy is pleased to present the first issue of the twenty-sixth annual volume: Coping with Global Warming. This issue is the product of the 2007 Symposium of the Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program, organized by the Program's Executive Director, Sean Hecht. The Board thanks the Evan Frankel Program for its support, as well Prof. Hecht, who continues to be an invaluable resource to the Journal in many capacities. The Board also thanks Summer Rose, Clinical Specialist at the UCLA School of Law, for her role in planning and executing the 2007 Symposium. Finally, the Board thanks Dean Michael Schill and Assistant Dean of Students Elizabeth Cheadle for their on-going support.
The mission of the Evan Frankel Program is to "foster informed analysis of timely and important issues involving governance and regulation in environmental policy." Plainly, no environmental issue is timelier than global warming. As Dr. Evan Mills notes in his contribution herein, "[t]he scientific debate is over, with the Nobel-Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, representing the definitive scientific consensus, now using the considered term "unequivocal" in describing its certainty that climate change is here." Recognizing that climate change is already impacting the environment and will inevitably continue to do so, the 2007 Evan Frankel Symposium brought together scientists, legal scholars, economists, policymakers, students, environmental advocates, government agency employees, and a host of others to discuss how we will adapt to these impacts. We are pleased to present, in part, the results of this dialogue.
In the coming years, we foresee the Journal and the UCLA School of Law remaining at the forefront of climate change law and policy scholarship. Earlier this year, the UCLA School of Law announced a commitment from Dan A. Emmett and his family to establish a Center on Climate Change and the Environment. This gift has already begun to bear fruit, as this issue has been partially supported by the Emmett Center. We thank the Emmett family for their support, and we look forward to working with the Faculty and Staff of the UCLA School of Law to build an even stronger environmental community.
Michelle Black & John Everett
CO-EDITORS IN CHIEF