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Climate Change and the Voiceless
Protecting Future Generations, Wildlife, and Natural Resources

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  • Date Published: October 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108703222

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  • Future generations, wildlife, and natural resources - collectively referred to as 'the voiceless' in this work - are the most vulnerable and least equipped populations to protect themselves from the impacts of global climate change. While domestic and international law protections are beginning to recognize rights and responsibilities that apply to the voiceless community, these legal developments have yet to be pursued in a collective manner and have not been considered together in the context of climate change and climate justice. In Climate Change and the Voiceless, Randall S. Abate identifies the common vulnerabilities of the voiceless in the Anthropocene era and demonstrates how the law, by incorporating principles of sustainable development, can evolve to protect their interests more effectively. This work should be read by anyone interested in how the law can be employed to mitigate the effects of climate change on those who stand to lose the most.

    • Unifies the three categories of 'the voiceless' in one book for the first time, providing a new way of thinking about potential law reforms to enhance protection of the most vulnerable populations
    • Offers comprehensive treatment of recent developments in climate justice litigation and a new, broader perspective on climate justice that goes beyond human rights
    • Addresses US and international law sources and developments for a comprehensive analysis of strengths and limitations of various countries' legal responses to climate justice issues
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    ‘This book serves as an engaging resource for those working in the climate justice field by offering linkages between climate change, natural resources and animal law, as well as across human rights. It focuses on subjects of climate impacts which are often overlooked and understudied, and provides an initial roadmap indicating how the law can progress in order to provide protection for the voiceless. It also offers detailed and careful study of very recent litigation in the climate justice arena, focusing on the plaintiffs and their stories, and so should be considered essential reading for those working in the climate litigation and climate justice areas.' Lisa Benjamin, Transnational Environmental Law

    ‘… Abate offers valuable insights …’ R. M. Ramazani, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108703222
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 230 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. An Anthropogenic problem that requires an ecocentric solution
    2. Climate change litigation in domestic courts and human rights commissions
    3. Protection of future generations prior to and during the Anthropocene era
    4. Legal personhood for wildlife: US and foreign domestic perspectives
    5. Rights of nature: US and foreign domestic perspectives
    6. Proposal for enhanced stewardship and rights-based protections for the voiceless

  • Author

    Randall S. Abate, Monmouth University, New Jersey
    Randall S. Abate is the Assistant Dean for Environmental Law Studies The George Washington University Law School, an inaugural Rechnitz Family and Urban Coast Institute Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy, and Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Monmouth University, New Jersey. In his twenty-five years of full-time law teaching, he has taught international and comparative law courses on environmental and animal law topics in several countries, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice. He is the author of thirty law journal articles and the editor of five books, including Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (2017), What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? (2015), and Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law: U.S. and International Perspectives (2015).

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