Climate Change


The Geopolitics of the Arctic

Speakers: Scott G. Borgerson and Paula J. Dobriansky
Presider: Frank Sesno

Scott Borgerson and Paula Dobriansky discuss the economic, environmental, and security implications of a changing Arctic region and its significance for the United States.

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Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, December 2011

This outcome document was released on December 10, 2011 at the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa.The meeting resulted in the decision to begin forging a new treaty next year, to be completed by 2015 and coming into effect by 2020. A new climate fund, the "Green Climate Fund" was established, and the EU and a number of other countries agreed to emissions cuts under the Kyoto Protocol.

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Der Spiegel: The Death of the Kyoto Process

Authors: Christian Schwägerl and Gerald Traufetter

There seems little possibility that next month's climate summit in Durban will produce an emissions-reduction agreement--meaning the world will soon lack any binding CO2 targets and Europe may find itself alone in the fight against global warming.

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NYT: To Fight Climate Change, Clear the Air

Authors: Veerabhadran Ramanathan and David G. Victor

In this New York Times Op-Ed, Veerabhadran Ramanathan and David G. Victor argue that delegates meeting for climate change talks in Cancún should take a few immediate, practical actions to have an effect on the climate in the coming decades.


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