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Legal Aspects of Carbon TradingKyoto, Copenhagen, and beyond$
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David Freestone and Charlotte Streck

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565931

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565931.001.0001

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The International Climate Change Legal and Institutional Framework: An Overview

The International Climate Change Legal and Institutional Framework: An Overview

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(p.3) 1 The International Climate Change Legal and Institutional Framework: An Overview
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Legal Aspects of Carbon Trading
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David Freestone

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565931.003.0001

This chapter provides an introduction to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) system and the key institutions as well as to the processes leading up to, and from, the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol. It introduces some of the key concepts that will be further developed in later chapters. With the release of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report it is clear that radical action needs to be taken to avoid dangerous climate change. The Stern Review forcefully reminds us that early, radical action in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases is also the most economically sensible approach.

Keywords:   UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gases, Stern Review

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