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Climate Governance at the CrossroadsExperimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto$
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Matthew J. Hoffmann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195390087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390087.001.0001

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Lost in the Void or Filling the Void?

Lost in the Void or Filling the Void?

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(p.151) 7 Lost in the Void or Filling the Void?
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Climate Governance at the Crossroads
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390087.003.0007

This chapter considers the potential broader significance of experimentation and the nature of the ongoing global response to climate change. In 1988, at one of the first major global warming conferences, scientists declared that “humanity is conducting an unintended, uncontrolled, globally pervasive experiment” that began at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution: emitting greenhouse gases and waiting to see the effects. This grand experiment is now being met with climate governance experiments. Whether we can address the climate experiment effectively with governance experiments alone or in combination with multilateral treaty-making remains to be seen. The chapter reflects on the potential to be found in climate governance experimentation and the research and work that remains to be done to improve the global response to climate change.

Keywords:   climate change, climate governance experiments, global response, Industrial Revolution, greenhouse gases

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