CALL FOR PAPERS (Manuscript Submission Deadline: August 15, 2017)
Climate and Environmental Justice Consequences for the Trumped Paris Agreement
By Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. & Götz Kaufmann, 2017-08-07
On June 1, 2017 President Donald Trump announced that the United States is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement signed by 195 countries.
In a statement on Thursday, Former Secretary of State John Kerry commented on the decision, saying that "It isolates the United States after we had united the world," and "There is only one reason to instead make this choice: an ignorant, cynical appeal to an anti-science, special-interest faction far outside the mainstream. That is no basis for a decision that will affect billions of lives."
The United States - as second highest global polluter after China - now joins Syria and Nicaragua as non-participants. Environmental and climate health impacts of greenhouse gas emisssions on developing countries and on socially, economically, and racially marginalized populations in developed countries have been documented: from America's hurricane Katrina victims to the recent drought victims of India.
A major development of COP21 (21st Conference of the Parties [COP] to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the United Nations body which is responsible for climate) was its attention to the public health consequences of climate change (that 97% of scientists agree is real). This agreement clearly articulated and maintained the notion that climate change had to be addressed to protect human life as well as diminishing natural resources that supported life. Most scientists agree that carbon emissions are linked to the increases in natural disasters like droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, heat waves, and wildfires. Furthermore, these changes are also driving civil unrest and mass migrations contributing to or exacerbating both terrorism and war.
The journal seeks papers that will address how the recent decision to remove the US will impact both national and global environmental and climate justice communities.
Manuscript Submission Deadline: August 15, 2017
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