New Zealand’s Defective Law on Climate Change
(2015) 13 NZJPIL
23 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2015 Last revised: 2 Feb 2016
Date Written: February 16, 2015
The article describes the world-wide efforts or the lack thereof to combat climate change in the last 25 years. The article asks whether the world has to wait until the adversity actually sets in before effective action is taken; whether the failure to act is caused because people have not yet felt the adversity of climate change and will not sanction serious action until the consequences are evident to them. If that is so, will it then be too late to mitigate global warming? The article explores those questions and makes some hopeful suggestions as to what can be done to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions. The article examines the state of New Zealand law on climate change and the approach New Zealand is taking to international negotiations.
Keywords: Climate change, environmental law, New Zealand, global warming, international law, carbon emissions
JEL Classification: K00, K10, K32, K33
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