The Climate Change Convention and Developing Countries: From Conflict to Consensus?

Overview

The climate change problem can only be effectively dealt with if global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be reduced substantially. Since the emission of such gases is closely related to the economic growth of countries, a critical problem to be addressed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) is: how will the permissible emission levels be shared between industrialised (ICs) and developing countries (DCs)? The thesis of this book is that the long-term effectiveness of ...

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Overview

The climate change problem can only be effectively dealt with if global anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be reduced substantially. Since the emission of such gases is closely related to the economic growth of countries, a critical problem to be addressed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) is: how will the permissible emission levels be shared between industrialised (ICs) and developing countries (DCs)? The thesis of this book is that the long-term effectiveness of the FCCC runs the risk of a horizontal negotiation deadlock between countries and the risk of vertical standstill within countries if there is little domestic support for the implementation of measures being announced in international negotiations. This book explores the nature of the domestic consensus in specific developing countries and the common, converging, diverging and conflicting interests underlying the international consensus. It presents a coherent account of the major North-South conflicts on this issue and explains these conflicts in terms of forthright and compelling arguments. This book is a must for all those politicians, policy-makers, lawyers and environmentalists who wish to tackle seriously the problem of climate change.

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'... the book is an interesting study not only on the problem of the climate change, but also on the general issues of international environmental law. [...] The book is well-structured and presented in an orderly manner. It makes for fascinating reading. [...] the book under review constitutes a substantial contribution to the field of international environmental law in general, and merits recommendation to all persons interested in the common problems of environmental protections - lawyers and non-lawyers alike.'
Netherlands International Law Review, XLV:1 (1998)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789048148585
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/10/2010
  • Series: Environment and Policy Series , #8
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 249
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. List of Abbreviations, Journals and Scientific Units. Summary. 1. The Climate Change Issue. 2. A Theoretical Framework. 3. The Domestic Context: Opportunities and Risks. 4. Foreign Policy: Between Solidarity and Fighting Inequity. 5. GEF: The Case of Power Politics. 6. Joint Implementation: Between Hope and Angst. 7. Policy Options and Related Non-Decisions. 8. The Politics of Climate Science. 9. The Science of Climate Politics. 10. Towards Enhanced Cooperation. References. List of Treaties and Other International Legal Instruments. Table of Cases, UN and Other International Documents. Appendix 1: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Appendix 2: List of Questions for the Interviews. Appendix 3: Matrix of Interviewees. Index.

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