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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: 25 September 2020

Subject(s):
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.

1In the second half of the 20th century, scientists warned that anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) will not be readily absorbed by the oceans. A few years later, the CO2 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 CO2 concentration...
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