Antarctica and Climate Change
Elizabeth Burleson and Jennifer Huang, “Antarctica and Climate Change,” OCEAN AND COASTAL LAW IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE CONTEXT: DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL REGULATORY CHALLENGES (Abate et al ed. Oxford University Press: 2013)
26 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 13, 2014
This chapter seeks to integrate the Antarctic Treaty System within a framework of international environmental law and advocates for development of enhanced recognition of Polar environmental integrity. It will consider the role of law, particularly the growing field of Polar law, in looking at Antarctica’s environmental challenges, its best practices, and related environmental regimes. The Polar regions are highlighted as vital barometers for climate change. Trust building forums and closer integration with other multilateral environmental agreements and regimes can address important governance gaps. The urgency of climate change and the fragility of the Polar regions call for strengthening the current system of Artic coordination through Antarctic lessons learned and by incorporating both polar approaches into effective environmental measures.
Keywords: International Environmental Law, Polar Law, Antarctica, Antarctic Treaty System, ATS, Polar, Law of the Sea, UNCLOS, Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, Ecosystem Natural Resource Management, Inclusive Good Governance, Climate Change, Tourism, Polar Code, Arctic Council, IPCC
JEL Classification: A1, C7, D3, D4, D6, D62, D7, D8, E2, F1, H1, H4, H56, H7, H8, I1, J7, K1, K3, L1, L3, L6, L7, L9, M1
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