Towards a New Global Climate Treaty:Looking Beyond 2012

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Climate change poses huge ethical, political, economic and technical challenges. The global community has taken initial steps to address these challenges, but this falls far short of what will be needed in the years ahead. The Kyoto Protocol requires industrialised countries to reduce their emissions by an average of 5% below 1990 levels during the first commitment period (2008-12). Most developing countries and all but two industrialised countries (Australia and the United States) have ratified the Protocol. With the first commitment period ending in barely five years, the international community must now decide what is the right mix of policies and commitments needed to build the momentum required to reverse the growth of greenhouse gas emissions and help nations adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Much is at stake - not least the well-being of many future generations of humanity. This book explores the critical policy issues that will need to be addressed during the forthcoming negotiations for a post-2012 climate treaty. Particular attention is given to the implications of such a treaty for New Zealand, including the issues affecting the energy, agricultural and forestry sectors. The book is based on a series of roudtable discussions hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies in mid-2007. The roundtable series was sponsored by the chielf executives of New Zealand government departments and involved about 120 people drawn from a diverse range of stakeholder groups, sectors and communities of interest. Contributors include Ralph Chapman, Pamela Chasek, Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Colin James, Lucas Kengmana, Adrian Macey and Murray Ward. Jonathan Boston is Professor of Public Policy and Deputy Director of the Institute of Policy Studies. He has published widely in the fields of public management, tertiary education, social policy and comparative government.


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