Online from: 2009
Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment
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|Title:||Lifetime-leveraging: An approach to achieving international agreement and effective climate protection using mitigation of short-lived greenhouse gases|
|Author(s):||Frances C. Moore, (Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, Connecticut, USA), Michael C. MacCracken, (Climate Institute, Washington, DC, USA)|
|Citation:||Frances C. Moore, Michael C. MacCracken, (2009) "Lifetime-leveraging: An approach to achieving international agreement and effective climate protection using mitigation of short-lived greenhouse gases", International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, Vol. 1 Iss: 1, pp.42 - 62|
|Keywords:||Climatology, Environmental politics, Global warming, International cooperation|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17568690910934390 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||Thanks to Steve Smith and Navin Ramankutty for providing emissions data used for modeling. Thanks also to Nina Rinnerberger, Ivan Valencia, Bhuwan Thapa, Takanobu Terada, Claudia Vinay, and Lars Christiansen for valuable suggestions on the policy aspects of this proposal and for their comments on the draft.|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to suggest an approach to post-Kyoto climate negotiations that could provide a way out of the apparent deadlock between developed and developing countries. This is an urgent issue as the world already appears to be close to a level of climate change that could be considered “dangerous”.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores the potential that control of short-lived greenhouse gases such as methane, tropospheric ozone, and soot could have, in addition to steep cutbacks in industrialized nations, to both mitigate global warming and overcome political stalemate in the international climate negotiations.
Findings – Although rarely mentioned in climate discourse, reducing emissions of short-lived greenhouse gases offers a cost-effective way of actually reducing the radiative forcing in the atmosphere, while at the same time producing substantial subsidiary benefits such as improved urban air quality. The paper suggests leveraging this potential in the post-Kyoto treaty in order to “buy time” to address the arguably more difficult problem of essentially eliminating fossil-fuel related CO
Originality/value – This paper recognizes that political tradeoffs will have to be made in negotiating the next climate treaty, and offers a way of approaching these tradeoffs that could minimize resulting environmental damage.
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