If you need more information when searching for books, contact the librarians at the reference desk. Reference times can be accessed on the Home Page of the Diamond Law Library. At COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009, it was hoped that a new legally binding agreement would be reached in line with the Kyoto Protocol. Although the meeting did not live up to these expectations, the Copenhagen agreement notably recognized the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius. The main international agreements on climate change are linked below. The full text of the treaty is linked and the UN treaty website contains details on participants and important data. Australia`s INDC said that “Australia will achieve a macroeconomic target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% from 2005 levels by 2030.” The comparison of objectives between Member States is made difficult by the use of different base years and by different target years. For example, to find books in libraries outside Columbia, use WorldCat. Columbia Law School students who wish to borrow books from outside Colombia by interlibrary loan (ILL) should consult librarians at the reference desk. The Paris Agreement also provides, for the first time in an international climate agreement, that we must “strive” to limit the temperature increase to 1.5oC (Article 2). In Paris, the IPCC was invited to present a new special report (known as SR1.5) in 2018 on the effects of global warming of 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels. In addition, the parties are working to improve global greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible” (Article 4).
In research on the International Climate Change Act, it may be useful to use a secondary source first. The following books, available in the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, provide a good overview of the field of international climate protection legislation. Remember that this is an ever-changing area of the law, so consider the date of publication of the book when evaluating the currency information it contains.