The Rocky Hill decision

a watershed for climate change action?

Lesley Hughes*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A ruling by the New South Wales Land and Environment Court to refuse consent to a proposed coal mine has been hailed as a landmark in the fight to limit dangerous climate change. The judgment rested heavily on scientific expert testimony, especially with regard to the carbon budget concept, taking both direct and indirect (or downstream) emissions into account with regard to their impact on both the local environment and global climate change. While the case does not set a formal legal precedent, the central arguments used are likely to have broad applicability to other cases, and represent a significant milestone in the growing field of climate change litigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-351
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date20 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • climate change
  • coal mining
  • development consent
  • greenhouse gas emissions
  • Scope 3 emissions

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