The Paris Agreement, held from 30 November to 12 December 2015, has been hailed as a “historic turning point” in the battle against global climate change. Consequently, dialogue surrounding greenhouse gas emissions, particularly around political and economic compliance, has picked up significantly in the wake of the consensus, proposed within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Even so, the problem it seeks to address is fundamentally multi-faceted, involving not only international relations and environmental law, but technical scientific analysis and philosophical considerations.
In this month’s episode of The Oxford Comment, Sara Levine, our Multimedia Producer, chats with Alan Alexandroff, a Senior Editor for Global Summitry; Dale Jamieson, author of Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed—and What It Means For Our Future; Liz Fisher, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Law; Maria Gavouneli, co-editor-in-chief of The Yearbook of International Environmental Law; Gib Metcalf, Professor of Economics at Tufts University and contributor to Review of Environmental Economics and Policy; Richard Bardgett, author of Earth Matters: How Soil Underlies Civilization; and Amber Stubler, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Image Credit: “Séance pleinière de la COP21 pour l’adoption de l’accord de Paris (Salle Seine – Le Bourget)” by COP Paris. Public Domain via Flickr.
If climate change is a real and immediate danger why isn’t our diet and increased life span a hot topic in the argument? Also an unchecked population growth will doom any plan that anybody can come up with. So far I see these plans as some people trying to get an edge on others with false science.
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