New Policy Perspective

The world continues to drift along with growing evidence that global warming is a fact, even though we do not fully understand what is causing that warming. Moreover, it has been difficult to mobilize globally the political support to do anything about it. For the most part, we rely on the volunteer efforts of national governments to take whatever steps they can find political support for. The Koyoto Protocol was designed to move us one step further toward collective action, but the reticence of the United States and other countries to collaborate effectively has resulted in stalled efforts.

Revitalizing efforts toward more effectively managing the process of climate change would benefit from three actions or initiatives at the international level: (1) a stronger knowledge base, (2) a stronger global institutional capability, and (3) an incentive system that rewards nations and their citizens for participating in something along the lines of the Koyoto Protocol.

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