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Climate Change Law

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Climate Change Law

An Introduction

9781839101298 Edward Elgar Publishing
Karl S. Coplan, Professor of Law, Shelby D. Green, Professor of Law, Katrina Fischer Kuh, Professor of Law, Smita Narula, Haub Distinguished Professor of International Law, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, US, Karl R. Rábago, Principal, Rábago Energy LLC, US and Radina Valova Regulatory Vice President, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, US
Publication Date: December 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 129 8 Extent: c 240 pp
This timely and incisive book combines an introduction to the core legal and policy issues presented by climate change with a deeper analysis of decisions that will define the path forward. Offering a guide to key terms, concepts, and legal principles in the field, this book will help readers develop a sophisticated perspective on issues central to climate change law and policy.

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This timely and incisive book combines an introduction to the core legal and policy issues presented by climate change with a deeper analysis of decisions that will define the path forward. Offering a guide to key terms, concepts, and legal principles in the field, this book will help readers develop a sophisticated perspective on issues central to climate change law and policy.

Building a pathway to literacy in climate change policy, chapters provide an accessible overview of key energy regulations and laws governing energy projects, legal mechanisms to regulate GHG emissions, and the role of state and local governments in developing mitigation and adaptation policy, particularly in the building and transportation sectors. The authors highlight the relationship between human rights and climate change using the framework of human rights law, analyze the use of litigation to compel climate change mitigation and adaptation and suggest ways to achieve international cooperation.

Providing a deep understanding of ongoing debates about the design and implementation of climate change law and policy, this book will be an essential resource for students and researchers of environmental and climate change law, governance, and regulation. It will also be useful for policymakers and practitioners in the field for its practical insights into future developments and solutions.
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‘It is a challenge to write a textbook on climate change law because the field changes so rapidly. These authors have masterfully pulled together principles that serve as the backbone of the field while integrating recent case law and international agreements. The authors present foundational elements of mitigation, adaptation, energy, and human rights, and then help us recall the importance of private actors and the ethical challenges lawyers must face in this changing world.’
– Jessica Owley, University of Miami School of Law, US

‘This book could not be more timely – it is a comprehensive yet concise and accessible analysis of the multifaceted and complex area of climate change law. It is a rare combination of an analysis of international and U.S. law, mitigation and adaptation, state and non-state responsibilities, climate litigation, human rights, as well as individual, ethical considerations, demonstrating, in all of these areas, where the law stands today, as well as providing a glimpse as to where it is likely to evolve. A fantastic resource on climate change law!’
– Lisa Benjamin, Lewis & Clark Law School, US

‘Both lawyers and non-lawyers often ask me what to read for a concise introduction to the U.S. and international laws that are relevant to climate change. Now I have something to enthusiastically recommend. This book is a terrific primer on a complex and rapidly evolving area of law. It shows how courts, legislatures, and executives are addressing (or not) one of humanity's greatest challenges. Even experts will find it a useful refresher.’
– Michael B. Gerrard, Columbia Law School, US
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