Analyzing rights discourses in the international climate regime

Authored by: Katherine Lofts

Routledge Handbook of Human Rights and Climate Governance

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138232457
eBook ISBN: 9781315312576
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315312576-2

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Abstract

To date, the 21st century has been a time of environmental firsts. Reports predict that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, 1 and scientists indicate that the earth has crossed four of nine “planetary boundaries” – the limits within which humanity can live sustainably. 2 The earth’s atmosphere has now passed the threshold of 400 ppm of carbon dioxide, 3 and the first species of mammal has gone extinct due to human-induced climate change. 4 Meanwhile, the global population continues to soar, projected to reach 9.7 billion by the year 2050. 5 We have undeniably reached the Anthropocene – the “Age of the Human” – with devastating implications for the sustainability of life on earth.

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