Global Warming: A challenge for Zambia's enviromental protection laws and institutional framework
Ngoma, Dumisani J.
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The subject I have undertaken to write on is one that has become a global concern. Recent years have seen an appreciable growth in the level of understanding of dangers facing the international environment and an extensive range of environmental problems is now the subject of serious international concern. The economic, social, and developmental consequences of climate change have received increasing recognition worldwide. Before then countries focused their energies on relentless industrial development with little or no attention to its impact on the environment. The Earth continues to experience record-breaking temperatures caused by increased concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This buildup is the result of human activities, especially our use of fossil fuels in, for example, automobiles and industries. The impacts of this unprecedented warming-increased floods and drought, rising sea levels, spread of deadly diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, increasing numbers of violent storms-threaten to be more severe and imminent than previously believed. An urgent global response is essential because when a problem manifests (in this manner all cognate disciplines including the law must be deployed to tackle and reduce its effects and design a framework which achieves the best in the circumstances. The success of this battle depends on concentrated efforts from all sectors of society namely, legal, political, economic and social sectors. However, most developing countries, including Zambia, have weak laws in so far as environmental protection is concerned.
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