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 8: Occupational health and safety law

Sidney Shapiro and Katherine Tracy

Abstract

Unmitigated effects of climate change on our natural and built environment pose severe risks to workers’ health and safety, and economic risks to workers, employers, communities, and governments. This chapter, using the United States as a case study, finds US labor policies did not reduce and effective manage these risks. Moving forward, an effective approach will require risk management tools that protect workers and labor policies that assist them in adjusting to the economic dislocations likely to arise from climate change and the transition to a green economy.

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