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Disaster by degrees: the implications of the IPCC 1.5 degree report for disaster law


McDonald, J and Telesetsky, A, Disaster by degrees: the implications of the IPCC 1.5 degree report for disaster law, Yearbook of International Disaster Law, 1 pp. 179-209. ISSN 2666-2531 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1163/26662531-01001010


Climate change is the ultimate disaster. It is hard to imagine a more profound systematic and disruptive change of human suffering, mass displacement and environmental damage than anthropocentric climate change. The combination of more intense and frequent extreme weather events and slow onset climate disasters, such as reduced precipitation and sea level rise, threatens to exceed the coping capacity of affected communities and disrupt fundamental societal functions. In 2018 alone, 218 extreme weather events affected 61.7 million people worldwide. 23 million people were affected by floods in Kerala, India; 9.3 million people experienced drought. The United States experienced its costliest and deadliest wildfire in over a century.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, disaster law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
ID Code:137043
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2020-01-29
Last Modified:2021-03-24

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