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Harnessing International Institutions to Address Climate Change

Authors: Katherine Michonski and Michael A. Levi

Most discussions about using international institutions to address climate change focus narrowly on the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. However, many other international institutions also have a significant role to play in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. This paper examines the existing climate-related efforts and capabilities, as well as the future potential, of a variety of international institutions, including those that deal with environment, energy, and economics. While there are still major shortfalls, the paper argues that there is significant existing institutional capacity to draw from in addressing climate change.

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Developing an International Framework for Geoengineering

Speaker: M. Granger Morgan
Presider: Ruth Greenspan Bell

As the international community continues to work toward emissions reductions, some climate scientists are turning to the concept of geoengineering-the deliberate manipulation of the Earth's climate-to offset the effects of climate change. The concept, however, raises scientific, political, and ethical questions. Join M. Granger Morgan and John D. Steinbruner to discuss the development of an international framework for geoengineering and the implications of these technologies for U.S. foreign policy.

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Adapting to Climate Change in the Arctic—Coordinating a Federal, State and Private Sector Response

Speakers: Senator Mark Begich and Senator Lisa Murkowski
Presider: Scott G. Borgerson

Senator Mark Begich (D-Ak) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak) speak to the Council on public and private strategies for adapting to climate change in Arctic Alaska. Scott G. Borgerson, visiting fellow for Ocean Governance at the Council, presides.

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Expert Roundup

How to Fix Climate Science Reporting

Authors: Kevin Trenberth, Roger A. Pielke Jr., and John R. Christy

With some findings of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in question, four experts debate how much the premier climate science review panel may need to make changes.

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Op-Ed

A New Approach To Tackling Climate Change

Author: Jagdish N. Bhagwati
Financial Times

Jagdish Bhagwati says that in a new climate change protocol rich countries must accept a tort liability for past emissions. All countries should accept liability for current emissions, although grace periods could be granted to developing countries.

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Belfer Center: Climate Change Policies: Many Paths Forward

Authors: Paula J. Dobriansky and Vaughan C. Turekian

This Belfer Center publication stresses the importance of linking the efforts of governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to combat climate change.  It provides a concise overview of international initiatives, multilateral groups' efforts, and various partnerships and offers insights on how to move forward. 

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