In a hopeful sign that most nations of the world are taking global warming seriously, there are more than 1,200 laws on the books attempting to combat the problem. Two decades ago, that number stood at 20.
According to a report by Reuters, a study by the London School of Economics studied the legal profiles of 164 nations and found the vast majority have enacted new laws in the past few years designed to address global warming systematically. “If you have that big body of 1,200 laws it is hard to reverse,” said Samuel Fankhauser, the co-director of the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
There are still many gaps in the legal picture and Martin Chungong, the secretary general of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, pointed out that, “We don’t want weaklings in the chain.” He urged all countries to adopt laws that help limit the devastating effects of global warming.
It will be interesting to see what, if any, effect on this and other hopeful trends U.S. President Donald Trump's open skepticism about global warming and his threats to pull the United States out of the Paris Accords will have.