This Time is Different: The Prospects for an Effective Climate Agreement in Paris 2015
Fergus Green explores the “policy architecture” of the global climate change treaty that the UN is striving to conclude by the time it meets in Paris, December 2015. We want a “fair, ambitious and legally binding” treaty, but what does this mean in practice? What targets and measures will be most effective? How can we hold governments to account? Learning the hard lessons of the UN’s Copenhagen conference in 2009, this essay looks at the options for a new climate deal, perhaps less top down, more bound up in nationally determined commitments. Author: Fergus Green, Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change & Environment, LSE.
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