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Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa through the Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Issues Considered

Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa through the Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and... DAMILOLA S. OLAWUYI∗ INTRODUCTION One of the most talked about sustainability concern facing the earth’s current inhabitants is the issue of climate change. With emerging signs of temperature change, it is now widely accepted that climate change is real, that human emissions of green house gases are a cause; that if left unchecked, climate change may lead to extreme weather events; threaten food security and may lead to ill health and an unprecedented level of global economic decline.1 According to James Hansen, a renowned United States scientist: The earth’s climate is nearing, but has not passed a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to avoid climate change, with far ranging, undesirable consequences. These consequences would ∗ LL.M (Calgary), LL.M (Harvard), Alberta Law Foundation Scholar and Fellow, Canadian Institute of Resources Law. The author can be contacted at dsolawuyi@yahoo.com 1 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 4th Assessment Report titled Climate Change 2007: Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability has maintained that climate change is human induced and that unless something urgent is done to reverse the current level of green house gas emission, its danger may be permanent and irreversible. The report also http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

Achieving Sustainable Development in Africa through the Clean Development Mechanism: Legal and Institutional Issues Considered

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2009
Subject
Articles; African Studies
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/E0954889009000401
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Abstract

DAMILOLA S. OLAWUYI∗ INTRODUCTION One of the most talked about sustainability concern facing the earth’s current inhabitants is the issue of climate change. With emerging signs of temperature change, it is now widely accepted that climate change is real, that human emissions of green house gases are a cause; that if left unchecked, climate change may lead to extreme weather events; threaten food security and may lead to ill health and an unprecedented level of global economic decline.1 According to James Hansen, a renowned United States scientist: The earth’s climate is nearing, but has not passed a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to avoid climate change, with far ranging, undesirable consequences. These consequences would ∗ LL.M (Calgary), LL.M (Harvard), Alberta Law Foundation Scholar and Fellow, Canadian Institute of Resources Law. The author can be contacted at dsolawuyi@yahoo.com 1 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 4th Assessment Report titled Climate Change 2007: Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability has maintained that climate change is human induced and that unless something urgent is done to reverse the current level of green house gas emission, its danger may be permanent and irreversible. The report also

Journal

African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: Sep 1, 2009

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