Thursday, 28 September 2017

Climate change: and the law

To what extent do the authorities have a responsibility to create a legal framework around climate change?
Futures Forum: Climate change: and 'good governance'

To what extent is the law being abused or ignored when it comes to climate change?
Futures Forum: "The UK government is “flouting” its duty to protect the lives and health of its citizens from illegal and dangerous levels of air pollution."

And to what extent can the courts be used in climate change disputes? Clive Anderson on Radio 4 looks at some landmark cases:

The Law and Climate Change

Can lawyers save the planet? Clive Anderson and guests discuss the role the law can play in reducing global warming.
The devastation caused in the Caribbean by Hurricane Irma is being blamed on global warming. The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Brown says the world's major emitters of greenhouse gasses should be held responsible. But what law or court could achieve that?
A new scientific study says 30 per cent of the impact of global warming can be traced to the activities of just 90 companies. But what law or court could hold them liable?
On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced that the US was withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation because it undermined his country's economy. Can lawyers force the US to rejoin?
In 2015 the Urgenda Foundation won a landmark court case which forced the Dutch government to increase its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Similar court battles have since been won elsewhere in the world, most recently in South Africa where judges ruled against government support for a new coal-fired power station.
Legal experts representing both environmental and commercial interests discuss the strengths and weakness of current laws and regulations controlling greenhouse gas emissions. Do we need a specialised International Court on the Environment with powers to force governments and individual businesses to reduce emissions? Does the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement undermine legal efforts to mitigate climate change? Can courts force companies to take measures which put them at a commercial disadvantage in the international market? How will Brexit affect climate change regulations in the UK?

BBC Radio 4 - Unreliable Evidence, The Law and Climate Change

Some say it shouldn't be left to the law anyway:
Futures Forum: Climate change: subsidies, the insurance industry and behavioural economics

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