Global Warming: Is Paris the Last-chance Saloon?

Phil Cole • Feb 16 2015 • Articles

Global warming’s last-chance saloon will soon be upon us. Yet, far from acting together, we have various gangs ready to shoot each other in the back while the piano-player plays on.

Cutting the Gordian Knot: Two Addictions at the Root of Our Climate Change Problem

Morten Tonnessen • Jan 27 2013 • Articles

No matter how we approach climate change, it is crucial that other central environmental concerns, including nature conservation, are not sacrificed in the process of phasing out fossil fuels.

2015 the New Copenhagen? The UNFCCC Process Risks Falling into Faulty Patterns

J. Jackson Ewing • Jan 19 2013 • Articles

UNFCCC actors need to converge on overarching processes and strategies, and this necessitates a sober look at past failures, current trajectories and the connections that currently bind them.

Options and Prospects for the BASIC at Doha, COP-18

Swaran Singh • Nov 26 2012 • Articles

COP-18 is the last meeting before the Kyoto Protocol expires. Brazil, South Africa, India and China are a bridge between developed & developing nations that must shake itself to life for any conclusive bargain to be reached.

International Climate Change Politics: Challenges and Opportunities

Katharina Rietig • Aug 1 2012 • Articles

The path to a more effective international climate politics is paved by transition to low carbon economies that reflect the true costs of greenhouse emissions.

The Irrelevance of Climate-Gate, and the Political Economy of Climate Change

Arjun Singh-Muchelle • Dec 14 2009 • Articles

If there is no consensus on an international agreement on climate change, it will not be due to some irrelevant ‘-Gate’, but rather, due to the political economy of climate change. What this particular ‘-Gate’ has done is mar the scientists, not the science supporting climate change.

The Problem of China: As viewed from the USA

Rodger A Payne • Sep 20 2009 • Articles

For more than a century, the overwhelming majority of greenhouse gases have been emitted by advanced industrial states. Recently, however, China has assumed the top spot in annual emissions. On a per person basis, of course, China still trails the global leaders by a good distance.

What’s the baseline?

Rodger A Payne • Sep 4 2009 • Articles

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change dates to the June 1992 Earth Summit. The overwhelming majority of nations are parties to this agreement — even the United States, which did not ratify the followup Kyoto Protocol. Essentially, for 20 years the world has been negotiating reductions in greenhouse gas emissions based on reductions from a 1990 baseline.

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