European Energy and Environmental Law Review

Volume 21 (2012)

Volume 21 (2012) / Issue 2

William Onzivu, 'Mind that Gap: International Climate Law, Health Protection and the United Kingdom's Climate Legislation' (2012) 21 European Energy and Environmental Law Review, Issue 2, pp. 79–91


This article argues that the protection of human health, a key objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol law, is not optimized in UK climate change regulation and governance. This lack of robustness in UK domestic climate law on health is mirrored by the marginalization of health in the implementation and progressive development of global climate law. The article also argues that, UK public health law is ill equipped to tackle the health threats of climate change. It proposes a holistic reform of both domestic climate change and public health legislation within a framework of adaptive governance and sectoral integration. This provides opportunities to advance both public and climate health within the domestic climate change legal regime.

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