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Environment and StatecraftThe Strategy of Environmental Treaty-Making$
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Scott Barrett

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199286094.001.0001

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Afterword to the Paperback Edition on Global Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol

Afterword to the Paperback Edition on Global Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol

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(p.399) Afterword to the Paperback Edition on Global Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol
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Environment and Statecraft
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Scott Barrett (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199286094.003.0016

This chapter updates the previous chapter. It explains that while the Kyoto Protocol has entered into force, it is still unlikely to change behavior because the fundamental problems with this agreement have not been addressed. It illustrates the case for failure by the example of another, seemingly ingenious agreement — the Stability and Growth Pact that underpins European Monetary Union. This chapter also reconsiders the goals of the Framework Convention on Climate Change. It argues that the aim of avoiding “dangerous interference” with the climate system is unhelpful, since this level of atmospheric concentrations cannot be identified, and this approach focuses attention on quantitative limits when it would be better to focus efforts on taking “appropriate measures”.

Keywords:   Kyoto Protocol, Stability and Growth Pact, Framework Convention

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