The Liability of European States for Climate Change (11 page pdf, R. H. J. Cox, Journal of Planning & Environment Law, Jun. 9. 2014)
Today we review a scholarly article that examines the background behind a legal proceeding raised in November 2013 against the Netherlands for not taking action to avert dangerous climate change which was agreed on through international agreements to reduce GHG emissions by at least 25% from 1990 levels by 2020. The current Dutch reduction target is 16% by 2020. The suit makes use of the findings of the IPCC which are recognized by 195 member states which because of the worldwide process used to produce them carry “exceptional evidentiary weight in legal proceedings”.
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