Climate change

LexisNexis Legal & Professional,

LexisNexis UK, LexisPSL, Environment, 15 July 2021

The 2030 Climate and Energy Framework set three key targets for the year 2030 on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, renewable energy share and energy efficiency.
This Article addresses SDG 3 by modelling the global, regional, and national mortality burden associated with non-optimal ambient temperature between 2000 and 2019. The study used data on 130 million deaths in 43 countries and found that, overall, non-optimal temperatures were associated with 74 excess deaths per 100 000 residents. There was substantial geographical variation in this burden. Overall there was a large decrease in the cold-related excess death ratio, and a moderate increase in the heat-related excess death ratio. The findings could be used in developing preparedness and prevention strategies to reduce weather-related health impacts in the short-term and under longer-term climate change scenarios.
The study analyses Vanuata’s legal/policy approaches to climate impacts and the limitations of UNFCCC negotiations have prompted the state to consider climate litigation. Policy solutions suggest that Oceanic people remain actively resistant rather than passive victims of a changing climate.
Neither slow-onset events (SOE) nor non-economic losses (NELDS) in the context of loss and damages have identified a sustainable source of finance and distribution mechanism. By reviewing literature on philanthropic organisations and solidarity funds, this article aims to identify a sustainable source of finance and distribution mechanism for addressing L&D associated with SOE and NELDs.
This paper reviews the evidence on slow-onset events presented in the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). It provides an overview of the state of the art on the eight types of slow-onset events and helps to identify gaps and challenges in understanding their nature, their impact and effective management approaches.

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

This special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) brings together a collection of articles on environmental sustainability in relation to those adverse climate impacts –slow onset events--which unfold gradually over time.

Ocean Currents, Physical Drivers in a Changing World, 2021, Pages 497-520

This book chapter advances SDG 14 by explaining how ocean currents further influence climate via freshwater transports that influence dense water formation at high latitudes. Under a warming climate and an intensifying hydrological cycle, ocean currents convey salinity anomalies that could destabilize the circulation.

Disaster Resilience and Sustainability, Adaptation for Sustainable Development, 2021, Pages 1-20

This book chapter addresses SDGs 11 and 13 by focusing on disasters in Asia and how building disaster resilience is a multi-faceted challenge that takes partnership, data, work, and past case studies to navigate towards solutions.
This study reviews and assesses the challenges posed by slow-onset events related to climate change and its links to poverty and food security in Latin America and the Caribbean. Different strategies focused on adaptation are being assessed in this study. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure).

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021

As sea level rise drives saltwater farther inland, drinking water supplies of some coastal cities will be contaminated. This paper evaluates how climate change is shifting the location of the zone where coastal fresh water meets the ocean, and implications for drinking water management. In addition to the main SDGs this article is indirectly related to SDG 14 (Life Below Water).