climate change negotiations

A Vigorous Global Response To a Systemic Issue (Why is Climate Change so Different?)

Imagine a problem: it’s global; it stems from an extremely complex, interconnected system; it has major economic implications.  Sounds like climate change, or in other words, like the kind of problem that the world can’t seem to address effectively.  But no, it’s not Global Climate Change, it’s Global Economic Change.  And the world seems to …


After Copenhagen — Where Do We Go From Here?

Copenhagen was a letdown, and it would have been a complete disaster without President Obama’s last-minute efforts.  Where do we go from here?  How do we get the climate change effort back on track? We’ll be holding a conference at Berkeley on January 28 to explore those issues.  “Beyond Copenhagen: Forging a Global Response to …


Copenhagen: The Story Isn’t Over Yet

For those who are interested, the text of the accord can be found here.  There’s an important feature that does not seem to have gotten much attention, found in paragraphs 4 and 5.  Paragraph 4 says: Annex I Parties commit to implement individually or jointly the quantified economy-wide emissions targets for 2020, to be submitted …