According to many experts, such as those that comprise the US Global Change Research Program, climate change as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most pressing and controversial environmental issues facing the international community today. In recent decades, many nations have undertaken measures such as imposing emissions limitations in order to combat climate change and quell production of greenhouse gases that are believed to be a contributing factor. Likewise, many international advocacy groups have assumed advisory and mediatory roles to assist the international community in its efforts to institute legal solutions at both national and international levels. Despite these current efforts to address climate change, many obstacles exist in the search for more permanent solutions. Disagreement between world leaders on the issue, which ranges from disputes over its cause to outright denial of its existence, continues to hinder negotiations, as does concern for striking an


09/22/2014: IBA urged reform to climate change justice structures to protect human rights

09/17/2014: Report proposed recognizing land rights of locals could be cost-effective protection for tropical forests

06/08/2014: UN called for protection of the oceans on World Oceans Day

06/02/2014: EPA proposed plan to reduce carbon emissions

11/26/2013: New Zealand judge rejected refugee status based on climate change

11/01/2013: Obama administration established climate change task force

06/05/2012: Mexico president signed climate change bill

12/12/2011: Canada withdrew from Kyoto protocol on climate change

12/11/2011: UN climate change conference produced commitment to negotiate legally-binding initiatives

07/20/2011: Security Council declared global warming a threat to international security


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