climate change law Articles

  • The changing climate for United States law

    Just a few years ago, the subject of American climate change law would not merit an article like this one, let alone the book that the American Bar Association has recently published on the subject.1 But the United States has changed, at least somewhat. At the moment, most important United States climate change law consists of state and local law, but there are signs that the federal government ...

  • Climate change, in the framework of the Constructal Law

    Here we present a simple and transparent alternative to the complex models of earth's thermal behaviour under time–changing conditions. We show the one–to–one relationship between changes in atmospheric properties and time–dependent changes in temperature and its distribution on earth. The model accounts for convection and radiation, thermal inertia and changes in albedo (ρ) and greenhouse factor ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The law, agency and global climate change

    Consideration of policy for addressing global climate change must start with a recognition of the conflicting interests of the industrialised and the developing nations. Effective resource management regimes require a structure of incentives that will induce nations with disparate interests to cooperate and to resist temptations to defect from international agreements. Agency theory offers ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Against harmonisation – Regulatory competition in climate change law

    With climate change laws spreading fast across the globe, measures are underway to promote international harmonisation of States’ responses. Common assumption dictates that such harmonisation helps create a level playing field and hence contributes to international trade. In this contribution, I shall review whether that assumption holds (what are the attractions of regulatory competition in this ...

  • Geo-engineering, the Law of the Sea, and Climate Change

    Plans to address climate change increasingly include proposals for geo-engineering projects, whose effects are likely to be global, at best only partly predictable, not necessarily wholly benign, and extend beyond their objective. Geo-engineering proposals should receive detailed, precautionary scrutiny by the international community, which requires sophisticated international legal instruments ...


    By Lexxion, The Legal Publisher

  • Book Reviews: Climate Change Forced Migration, and International Law

    Keywords: climate change, climate change-related movement, displacement, disappearing states, migration, international law, interna-tional refugee law, international human rights law Millions of people are likely to be uprooted by shoreline erosion, coastal flooding, and agricultural disruption. This book examines how climate change may affect patterns of human mobility and whether ...


  • Opinion: Implementing Climate Change Policy For Agriculture – What Role For The Law?

    Identifying instruments to implement climate change adaptation and mitigation policy has become a pressing issue both for environmental law and for environmental lawyers. We have seen the beginnings of a legislative approach (and an innovative one at that) in the UK with the Climate Change Act of 2008. The 2008 Act initially set 'legally binding targets' for carbon dioxide reduction from 1990 ...


  • Climate change law and litigation in the aftermath of Massachusetts v. EPA

    The case of Massachusetts v. EPA, decided in April 2007 by the U.S. Supreme Court, may be the most important case in the history of environmental law. The author says the Environmental Protection Agency's air program personnel are now straining to grapple with new, enormously consequential legal and policy questions in the aftermath of this ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Opinion: Sick of the Weather: Climate Change, Human Health and International Law

    The delightful sunshine and gentle warm breezes of early spring gave way to torrential summer rain and stormy winds in the UK. Not surprisingly, many of us are sick of the weather! In the future, however, this is an expression that may take on a more literal meaning. Our health and well-being may be increasingly threatened by climate change. This raises important new questions. Must we accept ...


  • The Corporate Risk of Climate Change

    We all know climate change is happening. And we here at TriplePundit spend a lot of time making the business case for action. There are indeed many reasons for companies to respond to the threat. Those near the coast might face flooding, and those with production overseas could see disruption in supply. However, when it comes to reporting on this risk — there are few benefits to making the ...


    By Triplepundit

  • Book review: Local Climate Change Law: Environmental Regulations in Cities and Other Localities

    Keywords: climate change, local government, sustainable development, North American environmental law, cities and climate change adaptation and mitigation How are climate change law and policies implemented? There has been much discussion and a great deal has been written, including in this journal, about climate change. Many policies and increasing regulation have been implemented to ...


  • Heating up international trade law: Challenges and opportunities posed by efforts to combat climate change

    For many years, the relationship between international trade and environmental rules has been on the agenda of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and elsewhere. In a few celebrated decisions, discussed below, the WTO Appellate Body has interpreted several of the WTO provisions that apply to this interface. Nonetheless, a number of issues remain unresolved. The current momentum behind climate ...

  • Allocation of ecologically allowable carbon emissions to countries as a key to more effective post–Kyoto Protocol climate change mitigation law

    The paper proposes novel carbon indicators as effective control instruments to design the post–Kyoto Protocol climate change mitigation law. The allocation of Ecologically Allowable Carbon Emissions (EACE) to countries show that a group of countries needs no emissions reductions today because their actual carbon emissions are below the EACE. The presented approach offers improved flexibility ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • From UN-ity to diversity? The UNFCCC, the Asia-Pacific partnership, and the future of international law on climate change

    The creation of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (AP6) is part of a broader trend that has emerged in recent years, of States negotiating plurilateral, non-legally binding agreements outside of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. If this trend persists, there could be important ramifications for the future of international law on climate change. ...

  • Book review: Local climate change law: Environmental regulations in cities and other localities

    Keywords:climate change, local government,sustainable development, North American environmental law, cities and climate change adaptation and ...


  • Forecast: Brazil - national climate change plan

    Law 12.187 of 29 December 2009 institutes the National Climate Change Policy of Brazil. While debate rages on over whether or not Copenhagen was effective, Brazil has taken a meaningful step to reduce its projected greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions by approximately 37% by 2020. Much of this reduction will come from cuts in deforestation rates. In addition, projected anthropogenic emissions will ...

  • Leading Corporate Strategies and Climate Change - CEO Table

    I’m an avid gardener. I revel in spending an afternoon under the warmth of the sun getting my hands into the soil, re-planting flowers, nurturing the unhealthy and staking blossoms. It is a time when good ideas seep into my mind and badideas creep out. It is my learning laboratory. One of the many things that my garden has taught me is that the plants fallinto three growing categories: those that ...


    By AHC Group

  • Paris Climate Change Agreement: What next?

    The Paris Climate Change Agreement took a huge leap forward on 3 September when the world's two biggest economies and emitters of greenhouse gases – the USA and China – announced that they would formally ratify the accord. This brings hope that the deal will be concluded this year. It also piles pressure on the UK to swiftly formalise its commitment to a contract it shaped ...


    By Inprova Energy

  • On climate change adaptation, put local communities first

    How can we make climate change adaptation measures more effective? I recently traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh to discuss ways to address that very question. I took part in the 7th annual Community-Based Adaptation Conference (CBA7), hosted by the International Institute for ...

  • Climate Change Protection: The Tolerable Windows Approach

    Introduction Increasing concerns about the potential risks of anthropogenic climate change over the past ten years have led to a series of international conferences intended to combat climate change and its adverse effects. However, the Kyoto Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) and, more so, the conference in Buenos Aires revealed the tremendous ...


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