Can lawyers do better than scientists at persuading the public of the importance of climate change? This question was put to me recently by a respected climatologist. A concern that science is typically ignored or distorted led him to wonder if a different perspective is required.
A4ID recently hosted a discussion on how groups vulnerable to climate change related loss and damage might mitigate such losses by insuring themselves against climate change related harm. We heard from three speakers: Christoph Schwarte of the Legal Response Initiative, Aaron Oxley of Results UK and Dr Swenja Surminski of the LSE.
This presentation, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, delivers an overview of the legal framework regulating mechanisms to address loss and damage arising from climate change. In this presentation, Christoph Schwarte reviews how international law provides for compensation for victims of environmental damage, and outlines the objectives of the loss and damage working programme […]
This presentation, given at our Climate Change Knowledge Group, discusses the legal and regulatory environment in which microinsurance operates, and the legal needs of stakeholders. In this presentation, Dr. Swenja Surminski examines the legal and regulatory issues that surround the implementation of microinsurance schemes in the developing world. Without understanding the legal needs of stakeholders […]
In this presentation, Aaron Oxley considers the structure and operational practice of microfinance organisations, looking too at how the model is financed and at the role of key stakeholders from beneficiaries to NGOs and governments. Setting out some of the challenges for the microinsurance sector, Aaron considers how the biggest challenges for climate change microinsurance […]
Lack of access to electricity isn’t just an inconvenience but a serious barrier to development. But legal support from A4ID is helping one NGO effectively address this problem across Africa.
Illegal logging has serious consequences for development and the environment. But thanks to work by our legal and development partners the import of illegal timber is now banned in the EU.
According to a 2011 survey by the European Union, 20 per cent of the population of the EU believe that climate change is the single greatest problem facing the world, while over half think it is one of the most serious problems, second only to poverty.
At 3:29 Pasca and I met François Germenne, climate change and migration expert, off the Eurostar from Paris. We decamped to the champagne bar (it was the only quiet place!) and sat down to interview him about the rise in so-called ‘climate change’ migration and the legal and policy challenges that this has brought up.
Author(s): Ffion Griffiths Law Firm: Reed Smith Date produced: July 2011 As the harmful effects of climate change become increasingly obvious and the causes better understood, legislation and guidance is required, not only as a measure to prevent further damage from climate change, but also to provide redress to those who suffer as a result of climate change […]