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Climate Action 2007-2008

LEGAL 104

LEGAL 104 Climate change litigation: A CATALYST FOR CORPORATE RESPONSES This overview considers a variety of legal actions against both governments and government agencies (public actions), and against corporate entities (private actions). It is generally considered that governments and corporations in non-Kyoto Protocol ratifying nations are the most vulnerable to litigation, eg USA and Australia. However, nations that are dramatically failing to meet Kyoto obligations will also be at risk, eg Canada. As the gap between Kyoto obligations and the stringent cuts recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) grow, no nation and no corporation can consider themselves safe. AN OVERVIEW OF CLIMATE CHANGE LITIGATION VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG

In 2007, increasing scientific certainty, emerging legal precedent and growing public awareness of climate change, are combining to create potent motivators for legal action. PUBLIC LAW ACTIONS (INTERNATIONAL) PUBLIC LAW ACTIONS (DOMESTIC) New Zealand Australia USA LEGAL 105 VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG