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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Climate Protection Agreements

Petra Minnerop

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 09 December 2019

Developing countries — Climate change — Environmental disputes — Precautionary principle — Extraterritorial application of treaties

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In the second half of the 20 th century, scientists warned that anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) will not be readily absorbed by the oceans. A few years later, the CO 2 concentration in the earth’s atmosphere could be measured and an annual rise ( Atmosphere, International Protection ) reported. The potential of these changes was underlined by evidence suggesting a particular sensitivity of the global climate system to small changes ( Climate, International Protection ). In the 1980s, scientists started to use new methods to prove how changes in the CO 2...
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