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21 Mar 2004

Human Rights Dialogue, Series 2 No. 11, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs

Environmental Rights

Although both human rights protection and environmental protection are relatively well-developed areas of public policy, recognition of the linkage between the two has been slow to develop... Despite recent developments...no binding international agreement has had environmental rights as its primary focus... The Spring 2004 issue of Human Rights Dialogue explores the definition, status, and relevance of the concept of environmental rights in law and politics around the world, and the extent to which a human rights lens is a helpful way in which to view environmental issues. We have organized the issue around four sub-themes: the inseparability of human rights and environmentalism; conflicts between human rights and environmental goals; the relationship between the concept and application of environmental justice and of human rights; and the enforceability of environmental rights. [In addition to articles below, other articles include: - "Climate Change and Human Rights" by Sheila Watt-Cloutier, about the Inuit of the Arctic - "Workers' Rights and Pollution Control in Delhi" by Kelly Alley & Daniel Meadows - "Commentary on 'The conflict between rights and environmentalism'" by Joanne Bauer - "Commentary on 'The relationship between environmental rights and environmental injustice'" by Jeffery Atik - "A Nascent Agenda for the Americas" by Jorge Daniel Taillant - "Commentary on 'The enforceability of environmental rights'" by Betsy Apple]