Victor, David International Cooperation on Climate Change

Victor, David International Cooperation on Climate Change

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International Cooperation on Climate Change: Numbers, Interest and Institutions David G Victor Arild Underdal’s “law of the least ambitious program” holds that the effectiveness of an international agreement is limited by the commitment level of the agreement’s least interested party. In his essay he tries to revisit this theory and suggest ways of improving international cooperation on climate change. Four Worst Countries for CO2 emissions are 1. US: not a member of Kyoto Protocol 2. EU- joined and making significant efforts towards compliance 3. China: faces no limit on its emission which will soon surpass the EU 4. Russia: a member only because the treaty condones inaction and offers the prospect of profit from selling surplus emission credits 5. Japan- wanted to try but is struggling to find ways of adjusting greenhouse gas emissions 6. India – protests limits on its emissions. Victor shows how Underdal’s law may not be as viable as one may hold and offers alternative ways of approaching the climate change problem that will encourage the participation of developing countries. In order to produce a more effective climate change, Victor stresses the importance of three
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2010 for the course POLI 244 taught by Professor Saideman during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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