The State of Paris: How the Climate Agreement is Faring After U.S. Withdrawal

The State of Paris: How the Climate Agreement is Faring After U.S. Withdrawal

Lucas Minich Vol. 39 Associate Editor On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced with great fanfare that he would unilaterally, as is arguably his right, withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.[1] This landmark agreement calls upon its signatory nations to aggressively strive to fight climate change through cooperative efforts. More specifically, it […]

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The Paris Agreement: Industrialized Powers’ Responsibility to Island Nations

The Paris Agreement: Industrialized Powers’ Responsibility to Island Nations

Hyun Lee Vol. 39 Associate Editor A few months after U.S. President Donald Trump announced the United States’ future withdrawal from the Paris Agreement,[1] small Pacific island nations called for the implementation of the Paris Agreement in the United Nations General Assembly that took place on September 23, 2017.[2]

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Water, Water, Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink: Transboundary Freshwater Management and Climate Change

Stephanie Zable Vol. 39 Articles Editor Mexico City is sinking.[1] So concludes a New York Times article detailing the implications of climate change for Mexico City. But the article also notes the most severe and immediate consequence of climate change for cities all over the world: the effect on fresh water resources. In many places, […]

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Climate Change Refugees: Where to Look for Legal Protection

Rebecca Hughes Volume 38 Associate Editor The Arctic is having an unusually mild winter.  In February, the region experienced a period of unseasonably warm weather, with the temperature being twenty degrees warmer than the average.[1]  This is the third time this year that dramatically higher than average Arctic temperatures have been recorded. [2]  At the […]

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Breaking the Ice: What Happens to Legal Claims in the Arctic if Global Sea Levels Rise?

Breaking the Ice: What Happens to Legal Claims in the Arctic if Global Sea Levels Rise?

Christopher Balch Vol. 37 Associate Editor Although only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem, the rise of global sea levels may present novel legal issues for hotly contested territorial disputes in the Arctic Ocean.

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