A Research Agenda for Climate Justice
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A Research Agenda for Climate Justice

Edited by Paul G. Harris

Climate change will bring great suffering to communities, individuals and ecosystems. Those least responsible for the problem will suffer the most. Justice demands urgent action to reverse its causes and impacts. In this provocative new book, Paul G. Harris brings together a collection of original essays to explore alternative, innovative approaches to understanding and implementing climate justice in the future. Through investigations informed by philosophy, politics, sociology, law and economics, this Research Agenda reveals how climate change is a matter of justice and makes concrete proposals for more effective mitigation.
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Chapter 10: Climate refugees: realizing justice through existing institutions

Justin Donhauser


This chapter examines avenues for realizing effective responses to mounting ‘climate refugee’ justice issues through UN refugee and climate policy mechanisms. It begins by discussing key normative justice issues that are unique to climate refugee cases. It explains the legal reasons that climate refugees are not currently extended rights to non-refoulement, asylum and relief that are available to other sorts of refugees under the UN Refugee Convention. The chapter assesses five proposals for addressing climate refugee cases and proposes ways those independent proposals could be co-implemented to realize effective international responses to emerging climate refugee justice issues. The chapter endorses means of addressing these issues using provisions of the UN Refugee Convention and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It suggests several ways of using new climate-event modelling methods to prioritize which climate justice issues are the most pressing.

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