Human Rights and Climate Change / Edition 1

Human Rights and Climate Change / Edition 1

by Stephen Humphreys
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521762766

ISBN-13: 9780521762762

Pub. Date: 01/25/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

As the effects of climate change continue to be felt, appreciation of its future transformational impact on numerous areas of public law and policy is set to grow. Among these, human rights concerns are particularly acute. They include forced mass migration, increased disease incidence and strain on healthcare systems, threatened food and water security, the

Overview

As the effects of climate change continue to be felt, appreciation of its future transformational impact on numerous areas of public law and policy is set to grow. Among these, human rights concerns are particularly acute. They include forced mass migration, increased disease incidence and strain on healthcare systems, threatened food and water security, the disappearance and degradation of shelter, land, livelihoods and cultures, and the threat of conflict.

This inquiry into the human rights dimensions of climate change looks beyond potential impacts to examine the questions raised by climate change policies: accountability for extraterritorial harms; constructing reliable enforcement mechanisms; assessing redistributional outcomes; and allocating burdens, benefits, rights and duties among perpetrators and victims, both public and private. The book examines a range of so-far-unexplored theoretical and practical concerns that international law and other scholars and policy-framers will find increasingly difficult to ignore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521762762
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/25/2010
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Authors' biographies vii

Acronyms xii

Acknowledgements xiv

Foreword Mary Robinson xvii

Introduction: human rights and climate change Stephen Humphreys 1

Part I Rights perspectives on global warming 35

1 Competing claims: human rights and climate harms Stephen Humphreys 37

2 Climate change, human rights and moral thresholds Simon Caney 69

3 Equitable utilization of the atmosphere: a rights-based approach to climate change? Dinah Shelton 91

4 Climate change, human rights and corporate accountability Peter Newell 126

5 Rethinking human rights: the impact of climate change on the dominant discourse Sam Adelman 159

Part II Priorities, risks and inequities in global responses 181

6 The Kyoto Protocol and vulnerability: human rights and equity dimensions Philippe Cullet 183

7 Forests, climate change and human rights: managing risks and trade-offs Frances Seymour 207

8 Climate change and the right to the highest attainable standard of health Paul Hunt Rajat Khosla 238

9 Human rights and vulnerability to climate change Jon Barnett 257

10 Climate change, evolution of disasters and inequality John C. Mutter Kye Mesa Barnard 272

Conclusion 297

11 Conceiving justice: articulating common causes in distinct regimes Stephen Humphreys 299

Appendix: climate change impacts on human rights 320

Index 332

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