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Are climate change litigations possible in Italy? by Michele Carducci

The use of climate change litigations is increasing, also in Europe (Sindico F. et al. (eds.) 2020) They have three distinctive characteristics: – They can be promoted towards States or companies; – They arise from complaints made by citizens or local authorities; – They are based on scientific evidence as a parameter for the evaluation of State policies or business decisions. In Italy, the Network … Continuer de lire Are climate change litigations possible in Italy? by Michele Carducci

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SEVERAL REASONS WHY: Climate change as one of the motives why we are failing in the fight against plastic pollution by Luísa Cortat Simonetti Gonçalves Coutinho

Environmental awareness is still historically new and, consequently, so are the actions to fight the environmental harms caused by humankind. Climate change is already well-known in data and counts with an international legal framework, especially since 1992, with the establishment of the UNFCCC. The plastic pollution is newer, still lacks data and international legal solutions. But the two biggest environmental problems caused by humankind have … Continuer de lire SEVERAL REASONS WHY: Climate change as one of the motives why we are failing in the fight against plastic pollution by Luísa Cortat Simonetti Gonçalves Coutinho

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The unsustainable lightness of enforcement procedures: environmental standards in the EU-Mercosur FTA by Giovanni Gruni

The European Union has been increasingly active for more than a decade in the conclusion of free trade agreements (FTAs) directly with partner countries and outside the WTO. This has brought to the conclusion of some very large free trade agreements such as the CETA with Canada or the more recent EU-Japan FTA. On the 28th of June 2019 the EU reached an agreement in … Continuer de lire The unsustainable lightness of enforcement procedures: environmental standards in the EU-Mercosur FTA by Giovanni Gruni

Quand la science climatique s’invite au prétoire, Décryptage de l’affaire Urgenda, Nicolas de Sadeleer

Dans un arrêt du 20 décembre 2019, le Hoge Raad des Pays-Bas (ci-après HR) confirme la position de la cour d’appel de La Haye en matière d’efforts à fournir en vue de lutter contre le changement climatique en faisant application directe des articles 2 et 8 de la Convention. Nous mettons ici en exergue l’interprétation innovante du HR pour une matière qui commence à alimenter … Continuer de lire Quand la science climatique s’invite au prétoire, Décryptage de l’affaire Urgenda, Nicolas de Sadeleer

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EU’s regulation of car decarbonisation: 25 years on bumpy roads by Mulugeta Getu Sisay

The threat of increased emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) and its imminent threat to humankind have forced the EU and other global actors to adopt new regulatory measures. However, transport has continued to be a difficult and complex sector to decarbonise. A study commissioned by EEA found that in 2017 the transport sector accounted for 27% of the EU’s (EU-28) total GHG emissions. A further … Continuer de lire EU’s regulation of car decarbonisation: 25 years on bumpy roads by Mulugeta Getu Sisay

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Coronavirus and climate change crises under EU law: the need for a common, coordinated and consistent risk management strategy by Alessandra Donati

  This article is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story     One or two crises? “An absent dog does not bark, says an African proverb. The press has hardly been absent during the coronavirus outbreak; many outlets have run stories about little else. But the focus on the virus has distracted the press … Continuer de lire Coronavirus and climate change crises under EU law: the need for a common, coordinated and consistent risk management strategy by Alessandra Donati

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Climate change, food law and policy in the ‘period of consequences’ by Marianna Vanuzzo

Climate change is considered a driver for environmental sustainability actions in the food system, despite the lack of a comprehensive environmental policy framework and the absence of specific regulation in the food domain. According to EFSA, while a broad range of studies and reports examined the impact of climate change on food security, few scientific research and public policies have focused on food safety and … Continuer de lire Climate change, food law and policy in the ‘period of consequences’ by Marianna Vanuzzo

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Addressing global deforestation through market power and the empowerment of developing countries: the EU FLEGT initiative as an unusual – yet innovative – example? by Hélène Decottigny

Accounting for 11% of the CO2 emissions, deforestation and forest degradation are the second most important cause of climate change after the combustion of fossil fuels. In the EU, deforestation has been halted thanks to afforestation and reforestation programmes as well as natural growth. On the international plane, however, the situation remains bleak. Every hour, the equivalent of 800 football fields of forest disappears from … Continuer de lire Addressing global deforestation through market power and the empowerment of developing countries: the EU FLEGT initiative as an unusual – yet innovative – example? by Hélène Decottigny

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On the eve of the launching of the Fourth phase of the EU-ETS: an overview of the developments and expectations surrounding the world’s largest emission trading market by Marie Escorneboueu

The EU Emission Trading System (hereafter ETS) has been the subject of a lengthy four-phased strengthening process leading to the construction of the most developed system of the kind in the world. It currently covers 45% of EU total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is thus a major tool for the fulfilment of the EU’s climate commitments. It relies on a “cap and trade” model: … Continuer de lire On the eve of the launching of the Fourth phase of the EU-ETS: an overview of the developments and expectations surrounding the world’s largest emission trading market by Marie Escorneboueu

On Challenging the Disparate Impacts of Climate Change through European Discrimination Law by Refia Kaya

What do we mean by “disparate impacts of climate change”? The harmful impacts of climate change do not affect everyone equally. Some individuals are/will be more affected by others because of their characteristics, socio-economic situation or occupations, which make them particularly vulnerable to the harmful impacts of climate change-related state action or inaction. This phenomenon can be called the disparate impacts of climate change. There … Continuer de lire On Challenging the Disparate Impacts of Climate Change through European Discrimination Law by Refia Kaya