Policy Options on Global Carbon?

How can you solve the problem of a shared, common interest in reducing global carbon?

The idea he was defending was that scientists should specify a worldwide cap on global emissions of greenhouse gases — “a carbon cap” — that would apply if countries were serious about staying below an internationally agreed upper limit on global warming. It was just a single paragraph, but it had huge implications, and everyone in the room knew it. If it were adopted, it would make starkly clear how far the world remains from having any meaningful policy to tackle climate change.

“It was inconveniently simple,” Dr. Knutti would say a few days later.

via How to Slice a Global Carbon Pie? – NYTimes.com.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change attempts a solution–with negotation on language and paragraphs rampant–as we would expect for such a diplomatic policymaking exercise.

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  1. madeleineolewis says:

    This article highlights the most frustrating parts of UN. All this angst was over one paragraph—and then they ultimately didn’t make any decision at all. “We’ll probably more risky and selfish decisions next time,” was what all the countries in the world could agree on. I don’t think a decision will be made next time either. This process will probably continue until we’re all breathing with oxygen aids and the second coming has already taken place (I’m using hyperbole—calm down). But in all seriousness, some major compromising is going to have to happen sooner rather than later if we want a clean earth—a compromise where essentially no one wins, so everyone has to lose quiet a bit. Or maybe we will have some major scientific breakthrough happen soon, which will make green energy not only practice, but preferable. Here’s to wishful thinking!

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