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Spencer Schecht: Lessons from Kyoto – A Vision for Effective Global Action on Climate Change

Spencer Schecht (NRSD) has a new post on The Energy Collective column page.

Lessons from Kyoto: A Vision for Effective Global Action on Climate Change

Climate change is essentially a crisis of the global commons that requires unprecedented collective action on the international level (Jinnah, 2013, “Governance”). The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was established in 1992 with the explicit objective of stabilizing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere “at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system (Article 2, 2014).” However, even with this rhetoric agreed upon by over 190 nations, GHG emissions have continued to rise virtually unabated. Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide reached 400ppm in 2013 for the first time in human history (IPCC, 2013); a threshold many scientists have warned is the tipping point of catastrophic interference with the climate system. The task before humanity is therefore how to act quickly and effectively in reducing greenhouse gases while adapting to the changes already guaranteed by human changes to the planet…continue reading at The Energy Collective.

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