ERG Colloquium: Andrew Light

The Road from the Paris Climate Agreement

Speaker: Andrew Light, Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University

2/8/2017

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: 126, Barrows Hall

In December 2015, over 190 countries met in Paris for the 21st meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where they succeeded in creating a new international climate agreement. Many have heralded the outcome as a groundbreaking achievement for international diplomacy and global climate action. Others have argued that the climate commitments that parties brought to the table in Paris are ultimately too weak to achieve the agreements’ lofty aspirations. To better understand the significance of the new Paris Agreement we will review the recent history of the UN climate negotiations, how this outcome evolved from earlier failed attempts in this process, and measure what its impact could be. A more pressing question, however, may be what new future for global climate cooperation is now required of us after Paris, especially in light of the US election.

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