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This article analyses the Urgenda climate case in which the State of the Netherlands was ordered to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions with 25% by 2020. We seek to identify possibilities and limitations of national courts in contributing to safe and equitable operating spaces where humanity can thrive. We argue that this case, which links local initiatives and planetary challenges, is innovative in operationalizing legal concepts and principles such as the duty of care and the equity principle in a climate change context. Although it raises new questions, this case has potential of setting a precedent in legal practice.
Research news | 2018-08-14
New index reveals how climate risks are reinforced by global connectivity, leaving no country shielded from impact
General news | 2018-08-14
Event, Tuesday 11 September 2018 in partnership with ICF and the UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R. A Global Climate Action Summit affiliate event
Research news | 2018-08-13
New analysis reveals connections between tax havens and resource degradation in both the Amazon rainforest and global fisheries
Research news | 2018-08-06
Keeping global warming to within 1.5-2°C may be more difficult than previously assessed
Research news | 2018-07-10
The World in 2050 initiative launches new report outlining synergies and benefits that render the goals achievable
Research news | 2018-06-27
Overfishing, fractured international relationships and political conflicts loom as fish migrate more unpredictably because of climate change. Here is how to deal with it