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As mounting evidence has made doubting the existence of climate change all but impossible, the policy debate has shifted from whether global warming is an actual phenomenon to ways to address it. The articles in this issue of The Chicago Journal of International Law (CJIL) explore the international component of climate change. It is not possible to discuss climate change without confronting the necessity of an international solution to stop it, or at least to slow it.

The articles contained in this volume respond to and build off of ideas in the book Climate Change Justice, by Eric A. Posner and David Weisbach. On May 11-12, 2012, the book was the subject of a conference held at The University of Chicago Law School that brought together prominent scholars from the fields of environmental law, public policy, and climate science.

In this issue, scholars like Martha Nussbaum discuss why questions of justice are an essential component of the climate change discussion. Other authors, like Daniel Färber, address whether efforts on the national - or "subglobal" - level could provide a path to an eventual international solution to global warming.

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