Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet

Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet

by David G. Victor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521865018

ISBN-13: 9780521865012

Pub. Date: 03/31/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Global warming is one of today's greatest challenges. The science of climate change leaves no doubt that policies to cut emissions are overdue. Yet, after twenty years of international talks and treaties, the world is now in gridlock about how best to do this. David Victor argues that such gridlock has arisen because international talks have drifted away from the

Overview

Global warming is one of today's greatest challenges. The science of climate change leaves no doubt that policies to cut emissions are overdue. Yet, after twenty years of international talks and treaties, the world is now in gridlock about how best to do this. David Victor argues that such gridlock has arisen because international talks have drifted away from the reality of what countries are willing and able to implement at home. Most of the lessons that policy makers have drawn from the history of other international environmental problems won't actually work on the problem of global warming. Victor argues that a radical rethinking of global warming policy is required and shows how to make international law on global warming more effective. This book provides a roadmap to a lower carbon future based on encouraging bottom-up initiatives at national, regional and global levels, leveraging national self-interest rather than wishful thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521865012
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2011
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface and acknowledgements; Hard truths on global warming: a roadmap to reading this book; Part I. Setting the Scene: 1. Introduction and overview; 2. Why global warming is such a difficult problem to solve; Part II. The Three Dimensions to Climate Policy Strategy: 3. Regulating emissions part 1: the enthusiastic countries; 4. Regulating emissions part 2: engaging reluctant developing countries; 5. Promoting technological innovation; 6. Preparing for a changing climate: adaptation, geoengineering and triage; Part III. Putting It All Together: 7. Explaining diplomatic gridlock: what went wrong?; 8. A new strategy; 9. Climate change and world order: implications for the UN, government, industry and nature; Bibliography; Notes; Index.

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