Category Archives: Climate Change

Tackling Climate Change at the Local Level: Constitutional Challenges … (M. O’Brien and S. Fathi)

Author(s)

Mike O’Brien and Sahar Fathi

Keywords

GHG emissions; Building sector, Legislation

Abstract

This article discusses Seattle’s attempts to reduce GHG emissions from the building sector, analyzing the potential application of Utility Bill Financing and PACE programs. The article next analyzes the constitutional hurdles that threaten to impede energy efficiency financing, looking in particular at HB 2853. Finally the article concludes by stating the case for the passage of legislation like HB 2853, and reiterating the ability of cities like Seattle to effectively implement a Utility Bill Financing program.

Citation

(2011) 1 Seattle Journal of Environmental Law

Paper

Tackling Climate Change at the Local Level: Constitutional Challenges to Housing Efficiency Legislation in Washington

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Forests, climate change and human rights: managing risks and trade-offs (F. Seymour)

Author

Frances Seymour

Keywords

Tropical deforestation, international agenda, human rights, climate change, forest governance, mitigation of forest-based emissions, procedural rights, Aarhus Convention, justice and equity, risks, trade-offs

Abstract

Following the decline over the years of interest relating to tropical deforestation, that was highlighted at the Rio Conference in 1992 (UNCEC), in recent years it has seemingly reappeared on the international agenda as has linked overwhelmingly to climate change. The Stern Review (2007) asserted that controlling deforestation was ‘one of the least expensive strategies for reducing emissions’ and subsequently reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) is a focal point of global and national mitigation strategies. Aside from the environmental consequences of deforestation management of tropical forests is relevant to human rights owing, in part, to many of the world’s poorest people being dependent on forests for their survival and livelihoods. Unclear property rights, the absence of public scrutiny and historically repressive state actions are all socio-economic characteristics that contribute to climate change whilst infringing human rights. This article/chapter acts as an overview concerning the interconnection of deforestation, climate change and human rights issues.

Citation

Frances Seymour, Human Rights and Climate Change (CUP, Cambride 2010), Ch. 7, 207.

Paper

Forests, climate change, and human rights: managing risks and trade-offs.

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