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|Authors:||Burkett, Maxine A.|
Liability For Environmental Damages
Liability for Environmental Damages
Protocol of the Framework Convention on Climate Change 1997
|Citation:||10 Melb. J. Int'l L. 509 2009|
|Series:||Melbourne Journal of International Law, Volume 10|
|Abstract:||The impacts of climate change are experienced unevenly, with the most vulnerable - the 'climate vulnerable' - set to suffer first and worst. These impacts demonstrate a grand irony: those who suffer most acutely are also those who are least responsible for the crisis to date. That irony introduces a great ethical dilemma, one that our systems of law and governance are ill-equipped to accommodate. Attempts to right this imbalance between fault and consequence result in a cacophony of political negotiation and legal action between and amongst various political scales that have yielded wholly insufficient remedies. In this article, I introduce a theory of climate reparations to meet the injuries that will result from climate change.|
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