Climate change is upon us. The earth is warming, seasons are shifting, species are migrating, and water is flowing in new patterns. The accelerating and deepening impacts of climate change will touch everyone on earth, but those who stand to suffer most are the poor.
The argument that developing countries are taking no action to address climate change is wrong.
Despite slow progress at COP-14, the national climate action plans of several key countries announced this year are signs of progress.
The United States signed on to the most universally supported treaty on climate change, the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was designed to protect the world from the dangerous effects of climate change. Although the U.S. did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the next round of negotiations on a follow-up treaty are currently underway and the U.S. must consider how to re-engage in the international climate change process.
Enacting a global climate change agreement hinges on finding common ground among countries on a set of interconnected questions: who should mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, who should bear the cost of mitigation, and how and under what circumstances the international community can...
Paying for Mitigation Technology
This paper focuses on what should be included in a new financial agreement under the UNFCCC; more specifically it proposes five specific components of a “new deal” to address technology barriers in developing countries. The paper reflects on ideas on technology and finance as put forth by...
Disciplining The Use of Trade Measures Under a Post-2012 Climate Agreement
As the United States, the European Union and other Annex I Parties prepare legislation to cap greenhouse gas emissions post-2012, their policymakers are under increasing pressure from domestic constituencies to include trade measures as part of domestic climate policy. This paper analyzes the...
Technology and Finance at the UNFCCC
This discussion paper describes the state of play in the international
negotiations at Poznan, Poland as Parties work
to ensure an agreement on technology and financial support
that enables mitigation in developing countries. It unpacks
and analyzes Parties’ submissions...
Opportunities for Innovation and Experimentation
Note: This paper will be published as a chapter in the forthcoming book Climate Change and Global Poverty: A Billion Lives in the Balance?, by the Brookings Institution Press in 2009.