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Post-2020 Climate Change Regime Formation by Suh-Yong Chung

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5  Climate negotiations

How to break the impasse and deliver

Juan Zak and Myung Kyoon Lee

An enormous gap

Greenhouse gas emissions are still out of control, despite the Climate Convention that entered into force in March 1994. The very essence of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol is reducing emissions to safer levels. However, how to share the burden among countries (or rather, among signatory governments) has been a permanent impasse for achieving any significant progress in emissions reductions. So far binding commitments are hardly more than symbolic and apply to developed countries only.

Stabilizing atmospheric CO2 concentrations today would require reducing anthropogenic carbon emissions from the current ten billion tons per year (Global ...

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