Policy ForumClimate Change

Climate Negotiators Create an Opportunity for Scholars

Science  31 Aug 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6098, pp. 1043-1044
DOI: 10.1126/science.1223836

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The 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched a process to confront risks posed by global climate change. It has led to a dichotomy between countries with serious emission-reduction responsibilities and others with no responsibilities whatsoever. This has prevented progress, but recent talks suggest the prospect for a better way forward and an openness to outside-the-box thinking. Scholars and practitioners have a new opportunity to contribute innovative proposals for a future international climate policy architecture.