Legal Aspects of Climate Change

Legal Aspects of Climate Change

Journal of the Israel Bar Association, vol. 44
Tzvi Levinson & Gil Dror, Advocates June 2012

The world's climate has always changed. There is no question that the pace of global warming since the Industrial Revolution has increased as a result of human activity (anthropogenic activity). The accepted explanation for this phenomenon is called the "greenhouse effect."

 Global warming has an impact on our lives. It is estimated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that global warming already causes about 150,000 deaths annually, and contributes to the morbidity of infectious diseases, especially malaria, totaling about 5 million cases a year.

There is no simple answer to the question of what causes climate change.

The article reviews several legal aspects relating to the issue of climate change and environmental law in the context of Israeli and international law.