The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Climate Change and Human Rights

Climate change and human rights
Dimitra B.Manou


Climate change presents a new threat to the realization and enjoyment of human rights of millions of people in both developing and developed countries. Desertification, heavy rains and storms, floods, rising sea levels, deforestation, degradation of oceans and other impacts of climate change are an enormous threat to human rights. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, 2013) global temperatures continue to climb, the Arctic is changing rapidly and sea levels continue to rise. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat has highlighted the impacts and vulnerabilities of developing countries regarding the effects of climate change (UNFCCC, 2007). According to the report, 50 per cent of Africa's total biodiversity is at risk, much ...

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