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With little hope that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process will produce an effective treaty, at least for the next several years and perhaps longer, are there other paths that could lead to near-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions? One approach, forcefully articulated by Richard Benedick (Issues, Winter 2007), would replace the seemingly fruitless quest for a unified global compact with a mix of separate efforts that might have a better chance of resulting in action. Benedick builds on his Montreal Protocol experience in reducing emissions of ozone-destroying chemicals, in which discussions among a small group of countries and chemical companies provided the impetus for successful and rapid global action. Nevertheless, almost five years and four more UNFCCC Conferences have passed since Benedick's suggestions, with no obvious progress toward breaking what he characterized as "predictable" patterns, "trivial protocol debates and ritualistic ministerial speeches exhorting complicated and unrealistic actions," that routinely end in "embarrassingly meager" results. The persistence of the stalemate and the urgency of the problem demand that we consider a different strategy.

GENRE
Professioneel en technisch
UITGEGEVEN
2012
1 januari
TAAL
EN
Engels
LENGTE
11
Pagina's
UITGEVER
National Academy of Sciences
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233,5
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