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Do international factors influence the passage of climate change legislation?

Do international factors influence the passage of climate change legislation?

The number of climate change laws in major economies has grown from less than 40 in 1997 to almost 500 at the end of 2013. The passage of these laws is influenced by both domestic and international factors. This paper reviews the main international factors, drawing on a powerful new dataset of climate legislation in 66 national jurisdictions. We find that the propensity to legislate on climate change is heavily influenced by the passage of similar laws elsewhere, suggesting a strong and so far under-appreciated role for international policy diffusion. read more »

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Climate in the courtroom: Litigation is increasingly used to influence action on climate change

Climate in the courtroom: Litigation is increasingly used to influence action on climate change

Our annual round-up about global climate legislation delivered at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change intersessional conference in May shows that there is a stock of 1200 laws … read more »