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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Policy Responses to Global Warming

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Policy Responses to Global Warming

(July 2010) 
  • The human enhancement of global warming is seen as a worldwide problem and policy responses have accordingly had an international basis. 
  • The principal focus has been on reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Arguably, nuclear power is the single most significant means of limiting the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations while enabling access to abundant electricity. 
Emissions of greenhouse gases have a global impact, unlike some other forms of pollution. Whether they are emitted in Asia, Africa, Europe, or the Americas, they rapidly disperse evenly across the globe. This is one reason why efforts to tackle global warming have been addressed through international collaboration and agreement.
The principal forum for international climate change action has been the United Nations, which has led to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. However, more recently other international approaches have been put in place, the Asia Pacific Partnership and agreements under the G8, starting with their 2005 meeting in Gleneagles, UK.
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