Challenges arising from the effects of climate change

Climate change and the increase in global average temperature are the most threatening environmental phenomena of our time.

The main reason for this is that the emission of greenhouse gases increased by leaps and bounds after the industrial revolution. Given that this is a transcontinental problem, international cooperation and exemplary efforts by the most advanced countries - and major emitters - are essential to achieve the green transition. But who are they? 

According to statistics, the European Union (EU) was the fourth largest emitter in 2019 after China, the United States and India. At the same time, the EU's share of global emissions fell from 15.2% in 1990 to 7.3% in 2019.  

Offsetting the negative environmental impacts of climate change, including increased wildfires, extreme weather events, droughts and biodiversity loss, will require effective action from all sectors of the economy. However, the choice between alternatives often leads to uncertainty, and the unpredictability of the legal regulatory environment makes it difficult to develop long-term plans. 

In 2022, the authors of "The Challenges of the Impacts of Climate Change - Selected Studies on the Legal, Political, Economic and Social Aspects of Global Climate Change", published by the Külügyi Műhely Alapítvány, including a member of our research group, are focusing on the specific aspects. 

The study is available in Hungarian at the following link: