Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Lester de Souza
IN THE CONTEXT of law, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the complementary agreement of the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer are legal regulatory instruments. The UNFCCC Article 4 section 1 governs scientific, technological, technical, socioeconomic initiatives in the research, observation, and development of data on anthropogenic emissions into the atmosphere. To effect the desired regulation of the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere requires both a legal rule of what is or is not permitted, and the inclusion of regulatory features in equipment and processes or activity to control the emissions of the relevant substances into the atmosphere. The atmosphere and other planetary features operate according to laws that have been articulated in scientific terms. These scientific laws are anthropocentric in their perspective and can be used to describe the conditions under which human life continues on this planet. ...