This Policy Brief provides an updated analysis of the delivery of Fast Start Finance as of the start of the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland. Download the policy paper here.
Authors: Richard Stewart, Michael Oppenheimer and Bryce Rudyk This article presents an innovative institutional approach to supplement and ultimately strengthen the lagging United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process for negotiating a climate treaty that commits major emitting and developed countries to greenhouse gas emissions limitations. The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action does […]
Authors: Richard Stewart, Michael Oppenheimer and Bryce Rudyk This essay proposes an innovative institutional strategy for global climate protection, quite distinct from but ultimately complementary to the UNFCCC climate treaty negotiations. Our “building block” strategy relies on a variety of smaller-scale transnational cooperative arrangements, involving not only states, but also sub-national jurisdictions, firms, and civil […]
Author: Katrina M. Wyman Download this publication here. Climate change may force the inhabitants of small, low-lying island nations to relocate to other countries. There are concerns, however, that neither existing international law nor the domestic immigration laws of likely destination states afford an adequate right of refuge to these future climate refugees. These concerns […]
Author: Katrina Wyman In recent years there have been suggestions that climate change might generate 200 million or more migrants by 2050. In response to these suggestions, and concerns that existing law and policy will be inadequate to deal with the expected displacement, there recently have been several proposals for new legally binding multilateral instruments […]
Author: Danielle Spiegel-Feld (with Stephanie Switzer) On January 30, 2012 the Appellate Body to the World Trade Organization (WTO) released a decision in China—Measures Relating to the Exportation of Various Raw Materials (Raw Materials) in which it condemned China’s refusal to freely export certain raw materials mined within its territory. Apart from the significant political implications of […]
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Authors: Richard Stewart, Michael Oppenheimer and Bryce Rudyk The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action holds out the promise of progress towards a climate treaty that includes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limitations commitments by all major emitting countries, including developing as well as developed countries. But as the UNFCCC process still faces significant obstacles, it needs […]
Author: Katrina Wyman This chapter examines whether the citizens of states that become submerged due to climate change have a legal right to resettle in the territory of another country. It argues that citizens of sinking states should have a right to relocate to higher ground under international law, though it is unlikely that such […]
Author: Danielle Spiegel-Feld From an environmental standpoint, not all biofuels are alike. If produced from sustainably harvested feedstocks using energy efficient production processes, biofuels can help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transportation sector. If, however, biofuels are produced from unsustainably harvested feedstocks using energy intensive production processes, biofuels can have the opposite […]