Oslo Principles

On March 30, a group of eminent legal scholars published the Oslo Principles, a set of norms requiring governments and enterprises to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  Article 1 states, “The Precautionary Principle requires that: 1) GHG emissions be reduced to the extent and at a pace necessary to protect against the threats of climate change that can still be avoided; and 2) the level of reductions of GHG emissions required to achieve this, should be based on any credible and realistic worst-case scenario accepted by a substantial number of eminent climate change experts.  The full text of the Oslo Principles is available here.  The scholarly commentary on the Principles is available here, and for a description of the Principles, click here.

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