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The Crowded GreenhousePopulation, Climate Change, and Creating a Sustainable World$
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John Firor and Judith Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093209

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093209.001.0001

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International Climate-Change Negotiations

International Climate-Change Negotiations

(p.135) 6 International Climate-Change Negotiations
The Crowded Greenhouse

John Firor

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the international negotiations on climate change under way since UNCED in 1992. Several governments began their consideration of reduced emissions of greenhouse gases in the 1980s; the world began in a formal way to address the issue in 1992. In that year, with the IPCC's first report in hand, delegates to UNCED in Rio decided that the scientific indications of possible harm were definite enough for countries to begin action under international treaties to limit the possibility of a damaging climate change. The chapter describes the history and content of the negotiations, including the Rio and Berlin meetings and the Kyoto Protocol. It discusses the difficult equity issues involved, continued resistance to the negotiations, the economic models on which much of this resistance is based, and some of the reasons why it is considered that the resistance was misplaced.

Keywords:   global emissions, greenhouse gases, international negotiations, climate change, Kyoto protocol

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