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Urban Climate Resilience

The Role of Law

9781803922492 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Angela van der Berg, Acting Director, Global Environmental Law Centre and Senior Lecturer, University of Western Cape, South Africa and Jonathan Verschuuren, Professor of International and European Environmental Law, Tilburg University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: September 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80392 249 2 Extent: c 400 pp
This significant book addresses the most important legal issues that cities face when attempting to adapt to the changing climate. This includes how to become more resilient against the impacts of climate change such as the sea level rise, increases in the intensity and frequency of storms, floods, droughts, and extreme temperatures.

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This significant book addresses the most important legal issues that cities face when attempting to adapt to the changing climate. This includes how to become more resilient against the impacts of climate change such as the sea level rise, increases in the intensity and frequency of storms, floods, droughts, and extreme temperatures.

A range of expert contributors are brought together to assess the current state of climate change law and policy at the city level, featuring analysis of key legal instruments that can help urban societies adapt to, and cope with, the changing climate. Chapters contain comparative assessments of urban climate change policies in cities across the world, in both developed and developing countries, including Ghana, South Africa, Indonesia, the Netherlands and the US. Additionally, the book analyses legal approaches, relying on planning law and other legal instruments in the hands of city governments, which can aid in combating specific problems such as the urban heat island effect.

Providing an up-to-date analysis of climate change adaptation and mitigation law at the level of cities, Urban Climate Resilience will be a key resource for academics and students of environmental law, public international law, urban planning and sustainability. The lessons for future policies and laws to create more climate resilient cities will also be useful for local policymakers, regulators and city government officials working on climate change at the local level.
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‘Urban form, function and governance must urgently adapt in and for a new normal where disasters, crises and other socio-economic stressors are no longer temporary states of exception. Through its rich engagement with how laws that underlie, structure and enable resilient urban life are made, implemented and lived within an array of cities over the world, this volume constitutes an integral theoretical building block of urban adaptation and resilience.’
– Marius Pieterse, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
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Contributors include: Michael Addaney, Craig Anthony (Tony) Arnold, Tiago de Melo Cartaxo, Anél du Plessis, Tuula Honkonen, Emma Novel, Mark Oranje, Michael Alexander Pearl, Tracy Pearl, Esmé Shirlow, Angela van der Berg, Joris van Laarhoven, Jeannie van Wyk, Josephine van Zeben, Sol Maria Halleck Vega, Jonathan Verschuuren, Robert Weinstock, Natalia Yeti Puspita












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