Climate Governance and Climate Change and Society

O'Brien, Geoff and O'Keefe, Phil (2014) Climate Governance and Climate Change and Society. In: Risk Governance: The Articulation of Hazard, Politics and Ecology. Environmental Management (XXIII). Springer, London, pp. 277-292. ISBN 9789401793285

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Accelerated climate change and increasing variability is the single greatest threat to humanity. Despite more extreme weather events across the world there appears to be a lack of urgency in reaching an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This chapter reviews the evolution of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and argues that the governance of the convention is a mess and the reliance on market based measures are unlikely to produce the reduction in emissions that are needed if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. This chapter posits that the society is missing from the governance of climate change. The current debate is dominated by climate scientists as well as economists, but those that will be impacted the most, the people, have little or no voice. That must change.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 11:35
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 22:28

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