Research Handbook on Climate Disaster Law
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Research Handbook on Climate Disaster Law

Barriers and Opportunities

Edited by Rosemary Lyster and Robert R.M. Verchick

Through assessing climate disaster law in relation to international, public, private and environmental law this Research Handbook considers the unique challenges, barriers and opportunities that climate disasters pose for law and policy. Scientific and empirical evidence suggests that the laws addressing natural disasters cannot be adequately applied to disasters that are caused by climate change. Featuring contributions from leading international experts, this Research Handbook will be a useful resource for those with an interest in environmental law and international policymaking.
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Chapter 4: International environmental law and climate disasters

Jacqueline Peel


This chapter considers how international environmental law applies to the special situation of climate disaster. It examines efforts to adapt international environmental rules largely developed to respond to “manmade” disasters to hybrid climate disasters that involve both natural and human-sourced elements. It also discusses the scope for international environmental law tools and principles, such as precaution, EIA and participation, to be employed in climate disaster risk management. The final section explores challenges presented by efforts to forge better linkages between disaster management and environmental communities and institutions, with the aim of fostering more integrated approaches for dealing with climate disaster.

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