Climate change has thrust us into a “no-analog” future in which climate disasters threaten to cause extraordinary damage, with little precedent to guide policymakers and private actors. Addressing such risks requires a firm grounding in disaster risk reduction, climate change policy, and environmental law. This Research Handbook provides readers with that integrated foundation, investigating topics in international law as well as domestic programs from countries around the world. Because climate disasters affect both government and non-government actors, the Research Handbook covers issues of both public and private law.
We know from the scientific literature and recent experience that the laws addressing natural disasters are insufficient to confront disasters amplified by climate change. The Research Handbook acknowledges that the majority of disasters are susceptible in some way to changes in the earth’s climate and explores the barriers to, and opportunities for, finding legal solutions to the risks posed by such disasters. It shows that climate change must be considered in order to fully understand disaster risk and the respective legal and policy responses.
The Research Handbook also emphasizes the moral responsibility we have to move as quickly as possible to create a carbon-free economy.
This work will be of great appeal to legal scholars, practitioners, and policymakers who are interested in environmental law or climate change as it relates to international and domestic law and policy.
‘As the global community struggles to reduce emissions to avoid the worst impacts of human induced climate change, climate disaster law is emerging as a new area of climate law that demands the attention of academics, policymakers and practicing lawyers alike. This book offers critical insights on the key climate issues we will have to contend with in years to come; the scale of which will largely depend on our collective effort to mitigate those issues today!’
– Meinhard Doelle, Dalhousie University, Canada
Contributors include: C.A. Arnold, C. Bakker, M. Burkett, S. Donald, J.D. Echeverria, D.A. Farber, M. Faure, M.B. Gerrard, Q. He, R. Kundis Craig, S. Kuo, D.A. Kysar, R. Lyster, T. Parejo-Navajas, J. Peel, L. Rajamani, S. Shapiro, T. Stephens, L.G. Sun, K. Tracy, R.R.M. Verchick, J. Verschuuren.
Edited by Rosemary Lyster, Professor of Climate and Environmental Law, The University of Sydney Law School, Australia and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law and Robert Verchick, Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law, Loyola University New Orleans, Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience Leadership, Tulane University, US.