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Climate change has become the defining governance challenge of the twenty-first century, demanding law and policy responses from international to local scales of public and private institutions, as well as governance responses by businesses. Broadly speaking, these initiatives are aimed at mitigation of climate change, which seeks to arrest continued buildup of atmospheric greenhouse gasses, and adaptation to the impacts of climate change that cannot be avoided. Both will be needed, as even the most aggressive mitigation policies, if adopted, will not prevent some level of climate change that is already committed by past emissions. The failure of mitigation policies thus far to bend emissions sharply down gives all the more reason to make successful design and implementation of mitigation and adaptation law and policy the highest of priorities going forward.
The Frontiers in Climate - Climate Change Law and Policy specialty section focuses on this daunting governance challenge. The topics covered include all having to do with law and policy for mitigation and adaptation. Example themes include:
- Regulation of greenhouse gas emissions
- Promoting renewable energy sources
- Law and policy initiatives by cities for mitigation and adaptation
- Policies for regulation of businesses
- Ensuring food and water security
- Coastal land use policy
- Policy instruments such as trading, incentives, labeling, etc.
- Ensuring equitable mitigation and adaptation outcomes
- Regulating carbon capture and storage technologies
- Conservation of ecological systems threatened by climate change
- Human rights regarding climate migration and disasters
- Private governance for mitigation and adaptation
International law and comparative law studies are welcome, as are case studies of national and subnational law and policy. Legislative, administrative, and judicial developments all fall within the scope of the specialty section, as do analyses of private governance initiatives.
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Climate Law and Policy welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Correction, Editorial, General Commentary, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review and Specialty Grand Challenge.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Climate Law and Policy, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
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