global climate change, consequences, environmental protection, human health, human rights, international law, mitigation, adaptation
The fact that global climate change is occurring is no longer seriously debated; rather, the discussion now focuses on the range and severity of its consequences. These consequences extend beyond harm to the natural environment and human health and implicate the whole range of human rights recognized under international law – civil, political, economic, social, and cultural. The international community must not only find a legal solution to this problem within existing structures of governance, but must also adapt the very structures of international law in order to address such a pervasive and truly global problem which now requires the adoption of both mitigation and adaptation strategies. The response of the international community thus far has been inadequate …
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