Policy ForumClimate Change

Fundamentals of Treaty-Making on Climate Change

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Science  08 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5523, pp. 1839-1840
DOI: 10.1126/science.1062174

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Summary

The challenge of building a viable treaty response to climate change is enormous and multifaceted. President Bush's rejection of the Kyoto Protocol highlights the risk that any given proposal will encounter considerable resistance and requires us to reassess the logic behind the last decade of efforts to build an international regime. Sandalow and Bowles review scientific, economic, political, and diplomatic factors that make treaty-making on climate change particularly difficult and present seven key architectural elements for a successful treaty response.