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Local Climate Change Law

Local Climate Change Law

Environmental Regulation in Cities and Other Localities

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law series

Edited by Benjamin J. Richardson

This timely study offers a multi-jurisdictional perspective, featuring international contributors who examine both theoretical and practical dimensions of how localities are addressing climate mitigation and adaptation in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, South Africa and the United States, as well as considering the place of localities in global climate law agreements and transnational networks.


Willemien du Plessis and Melissa Powers

Subjects: environment, climate change, environmental law, geography, cities, law - academic, environmental law, urban and regional studies, cities


The role that local governments can and should play in addressing climate change has become an increasingly important issue as many national governments retreat from their domestic and international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop adaptation strategies. While many people may be familiar with particular local actions taken by a city or community near them, this book provides a broad, comparative view of local actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It will, we believe, serve as a template for future collaborations in which scholars and practitioners from around the world can learn from other governments’ successes and failures in trying to address a global environmental crisis. This publication also serves as an important reminder of the role that collaborative scholarship can play in advancing environmental legal knowledge and skills. This book is endorsed by the Research Committee of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (IUCN Academy). Since its founding in 2003, the IUCN Academy has worked to bring environmental law scholars and teachers together to promote a greater understanding of international and domestic environmental law. The IUCN Academy hosts an annual colloquium in which hundreds of scholars gather to discuss their research and learn from each other. Since 2008, the IUCN Academy has also organized workshops focused on specific environmental issues. The IUCN Academy also publishes an online e-journal providing readers with updates of emerging environmental issues from around the globe and peer-edited articles focused on critical environmental issues. Finally, through its research and teaching committees,...