33 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 1 (2015-2016)

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                           ESSAY




  Climate Change Effects on Snow Conditions
  and the Human Rights of Reindeer Herders


                      STEFAN KIRCHNER*




      I.   INTRODUCTION

    In November 2014, the latest report by the United Nation's
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)1 showed
that   anthropogenic  climate   change   is  not  only   already
happening,2 and is bound to continue for some time beyond the
year 2100,3 but also that there is still a window of opportunity
for limiting the effects of climate change.4 One way to do so is to
limit emissions, and the forthcoming meeting of the states which
have ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change




    * Associate Professor for Fundamental and Human Rights, with a special
focus on Indigenous Rights, University of Lapland, Faculty of Law, Rovaniemi,
Finland. Email: stefan.kirchner@ulapland.fi. Rechtsanwalt (admitted to the bar
in Germany), marine-consulting.eu, Antrifttal, Germany. The author thanks
Vanessa M Frese for her valuable research assistance and Sfmi friends and
colleagues from different parts of Sfpmi as well as participants at a workshop
on climate change funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and hosted by
the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland for their willingness to share
information about reindeer herding in their respective home areas. All errors
and opinions expressed in this article, though, are only attributable to the
author.
    1. INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE, CLIMATE CHANGE 2014
SYNTHESIS  REPORT   (Core  Writing  Team   et   al. eds.,  2015),
http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/SYR AR5 FINAL full.pdf
[http: //perma.cc/ GPZ6-FJLM].
    2. Id. at 3.
    3. Id. at 11.
    4. Id. at 13.

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