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Less than a month after Hurricane Harvey poured 51 inches of rain over Texas and Louisiana, Chicago residents were sweltering in six consecutive days of record-setting September heat.

“Extreme weather offers us a glimpse of what climate change can look like,” says David Dana, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law and associate dean for faculty research at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law. “The reality is that no single country acting unilaterally can...