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Just Security in an Undergoverned World$
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William Durch, Joris Larik, and Richard Ponzio

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805373.001.0001

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From “Inconvenient Truth” to Effective Governance

From “Inconvenient Truth” to Effective Governance

The UNFCCC, the Paris Agreement, and the Future of Climate Governance

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(p.177) 8 From “Inconvenient Truth” to Effective Governance
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Just Security in an Undergoverned World
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Richard Passarelli

David Michel

William Durch

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805373.003.0008

The Earth’s climate system is a global public good. Maintaining it is a collective action problem. This chapter looks at a quarter-century of efforts to understand and respond to the challenges posed by global climate change and why the collective political response, until very recently, has seemed to lag so far behind our scientific knowledge of the problem. The chapter tracks the efforts of the main global, intergovernmental process for negotiating both useful and politically acceptable responses to climate change, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, but also highlights efforts by scientific and environmental groups and, more recently, networks of sub-national governments—especially cities—and of businesses to redefine interests so as to meet the dangers of climate system disruption.

Keywords:   climate change, global public goods, collective action problem, UNFCCC, Paris Climate Agreement

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