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Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law

Edited by Michael Faure

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.

Chapter I.28: Climate change federalism

H Engel Kirsten

Subjects: environment, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law is a landmark reference work, providing definitive and comprehensive coverage of this dynamic field. The Encyclopedia is organised into 12 volumes around top-level subjects – such as water, energy and climate change – that reflect some of the most pressing issues facing us today. Each volume probes the key elements of law, the essential concepts, and the latest research through concise, structured entries written by international experts. Each entry includes an extensive bibliography as a starting point for further reading. The mix of authoritative commentary and insightful discussion will make this an essential tool for research and teaching, as well as a valuable resource for professionals and policymakers.

Abstract

Since the early 2000s, many US states and local governments have functioned as policy leaders with respect to climate change mitigation, instituting programmes and laws to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change impacts. States and local governments are active in climate policymaking in many countries with federal systems of government, but significant differences exist between the alacrity of national governments to adopt these local measures and apply them as national law. This chapter will explore this suite of issues arising from the state-led climate federalism paradigm. It will canvas the problems posed, the solutions offered, the long-term prospects for this alternative federalism paradigm and the degree to which insights drawn from US federalism is relevant and consistent with the experience of climate policymaking in other countries with federal systems of government.

Abstract

Since the early 2000s, many US states and local governments have functioned as policy leaders with respect to climate change mitigation, instituting programmes and laws to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to climate change impacts. States and local governments are active in climate policymaking in many countries with federal systems of government, but significant differences exist between the alacrity of national governments to adopt these local measures and apply them as national law. This chapter will explore this suite of issues arising from the state-led climate federalism paradigm. It will canvas the problems posed, the solutions offered, the long-term prospects for this alternative federalism paradigm and the degree to which insights drawn from US federalism is relevant and consistent with the experience of climate policymaking in other countries with federal systems of government.

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