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Global Warming Gridlock: Creating More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet
Global warming is one of today's greatest challenges. The science of climate change leaves no doubt that policies to cut emissions are overdue. Yet, after twenty years of international talks and treaties, the world is now in gridlock about how best to do this. David Victor argues that such gridlock has arisen because international talks have drifted away from the reality o ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published April 18th 2011 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Despite having the worst cover in the history of books and even a slightly uninspired title, this volume will transform your views on the international effort to slow the growth of greenhouse gas emissions. Centered around three myths (scientist, environmentalist, engineer), this book explains why 20 years after creation of UNFCCC and Rio Earth Summit, GHG emissions have still not peaked and are actually still climbing precipitously. I've read lots of Bill McKibben and drink the kool-aid on figh ...more
A well-argued book about why the world hasn't made significant progress on addressing global warming and possible better ways forward. I'd read several books on the science, so it was good to read about the problem from the policy perspective to see why it isn't as simple as generating enough "political will" to lower emissions. This book is incredibly thorough, which was good for the sections that I found interesting; I did, however, skim through a couple sections that didn't keep my attention ...more
I have read a couple of books on the politics around climate change. This is clear the best so far. Victor explains very clearly and insightfully why the actions so far have been such abysmal failures. He also outlines the changes that he feels are necessary to escape from this gridlock.
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