Climate Change Law
Posted: 21 Sep 2017 Last revised: 12 Oct 2017
Date Written: September 20, 2017
Climate Change Law: Concepts & Insights (Foundation Press 2017) is the first book to provide a cogent synthesis of the legal system’s response to climate change. The book is written to be accessible to law students and others who are not experts in environmental or energy law. But it will also provide specialists with important insights into areas aligned with their own, such as introducing international law experts to energy issues and energy law experts to climate science and economics.
Climate Change Law provides crisp introductions to U.S. energy regulation, the Clean Air Act, and federalism, as they bear on climate change regulation. The book also covers topic that are directly relevant for the United States but transcend any one country. Those topics include overviews of climate science, the economics of climate change, regulatory tools such as emissions trading, geo-engineering, climate adaptation, and international climate agreements.
The book’s goals are not merely to survey this broad body of law, but also to highlight broad themes that cross multiple areas of law. One such key theme involves the severe collective action problems posed by climate change. A related theme is the need for institutional adaptation to enable a host of governmental actors to respond more effectively to this unprecedented global challenge.
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