LEGAL ACTION FOR THE CLIMATE GOAL: TOWARDS EQUITY, SURVIVAL AND THE RULE OF LAW
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Many thanks to Gideon Mendel for kind permission to use his 'Drowning World' series of photographs, a project he began in 2007 to explore the personal impacts of climate change. Flooding is just one of the consequences of global warming: the warmer air is, the more water vapour it can hold, leading to rainfall that is less regular but more extreme. Since water vapour is itself a greenhouse gas, a vicious circle (or 'positive feedback effect') results, accelerating both warming and flooding. As ice-sheets melt, sea-levels rise, threatening the habitability of coastal cities and regions. The reduction of ice also means means less heat is reflected, and more absorbed by dark ocean waters: another vicious circle is set in motion.
Graphic courtesy of the Global Commons Institute (GCI)