Global Consensus on Climate Change Is a Good Start

Global Consensus on Climate Change Is a Good Start. YaleGlobal. Scott Barrett. December 15, 2015.

The world has reached consensus: Climate change is a serious threat, and each nation can play a role in reducing fossil fuel emissions. The Paris Agreement relies on a voluntary approach for developing policies for transitioning away from fossil fuels. “The biggest challenge with voluntary agreement to limit countries’ emissions is enforcement,” explains Barrett, referring to free riding and an unwillingness to sacrifice if other countries are not doing the same. “Unfortunately, the international system is particularly bad at enforcement.” The agreement is a start, and Barrett offers recommendations on the next steps.[Note: contains copyrighted material].

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