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Legal Responses to Climate Change

By: Nicola Durrant

Federation Press

Paperback | Nov 2010 | #190826 | ISBN-13: 9781862878082
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The challenges of climate change pose problems requiring new and innovative legal responses by legal practitioners, government officials and corporate officers. This book addresses a broad range of topic areas where climate change has impact and systematically analyses the key legal responses to climate change, both at the international level and within Australia at federal, State and local levels.


The Role of Law in Responding to Climate Change

Part I - Setting the Foundations
- Science and Economics of Climate Change
- Comparative Models of Atmospheric Regulation

Part II - The International Response to Climate Change
- Architecture of the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol
- The Kyoto Flexibility Mechanisms
- Monitoring and Enforcement of the International Climate Change Regime
- Future Directions Post-Copenhagen

Part III - Australia's Legislative Response to Climate Change
- The Traditional Approach to Emissions Reductions
- Creating an Effective Emissions Trading Scheme
- Renewable Energy and Tradeable Certificates
- Energy Efficiency in the Property Sector

Part IV - Sequestration and Offset Projects in Australia
- Legal Issues in Biological Sequestration
- Rights and Liabilities in Carbon Capture and Storage

Part V - Environmental Law and Climate Change Harm
- The Role of Environmental Law in Minimising Harm
- State-Based Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Assessment and Approval under Federal Environmental Law
- Facilitating Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change

Part VI - Common Law of Torts and Professional Liability
- The Hypothetical Climate Suit in Negligence
- Climate Change and Causation Issues
- Liabilities of Local Authorities in Adapting to Climate Change
- Prospects of Success and Insurance
- Professional Liability and Climate Change


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Nicola Durrant previously worked as a solicitor in a top tier Sydney law firm. She is currently a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology and a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow.

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