This book comprehensively assesses the law and science of climate change, as well as the policy choices for responding to this global problem. Given the all-encompassing reach of climate change, Climate Change and the Law allows students to study how the many different areas of law-public international law, public administrative law, federal environmental law, state and municipal regulations, and the common law-can be implicated in addressing a major social issue. This textbook thus provides students with an integrated experience to study law and an understanding of the many climate-related challenges facing the next generation of lawyers.
The book begins by exploring the international climate change regime, including a detailed investigation of emissions trading and the controversial regime for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through land use and forest management practices. It also explores options for a future international agreement in light of calls to reduce emissions by as much as 80 percent. The book also addresses how other international agreements can help spur climate change mitigation or adaptation, exploring, for example, whether petitions to list World Heritage Sites as endangered due to climate change and petitions to declare climate change a violation of human rights will advance global efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions.
The second edition of Climate Change and the Law has been updated to include the following:
This book also is available in a three-hole punched, alternative loose-leaf version printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper with wider margins and with the same pagination as the hardbound book.
If you are a professor teaching in this field you may request a complimentary copy.