The good news is that we can reduce poverty and emissions at the same time in highly emissions intensive developing economies. We can only do it, however, if we take everyone along, the rich and the poor. Everyone needs to get their piece of the cake to have an incentive to change pathways. Carbon pricing […]Read More Climate policies in South Africa must be expanded beyond pricing mechanisms to reduce poverty
Coral reefs are among the great natural wonders of the earth, but they are in hot water. The IPCC projects that up to 99% of the world’s coral reefs will be lost with 2C of warming. Even if we meet the Paris Agreement’s most optimistic target of capping warming at 1.5C, we face the loss […]Read More Coral reefs are in hot water – we may need geoengineering to cool things down
To prevent dangerous levels of climate change, the Paris Agreement defined a target of limiting global warming to 2°C. This target can only be achieved through a rapid and deep decarbonization of the economy, and particularly the energy sector. What is needed is a technological transition from greenhouse gas emitting technologies to low or zero […]Read More Looking beyond the “energy trilemma” – the role of energy industry goals in explaining climate policy ambition
Public understanding that air travel is problematic from a climate perspective seems to be increasing. One manifestation of this is that a new calculator, which was launched a couple of weeks ago, has already been used by over 10000 people. On the site you can calculate your air travel emissions for the past 12 months […]Read More Cut price air fares demand new more efficient climate policy instruments
The readership and impact of the Climate Policy Journal continued to grow in 2018, with article downloads reaching over 180,000. See below to read the 10 most downloaded papers, and check out our website for the latest download figures! Title Authors Number of Downloads 1 Carbon pricing in practice: a review of existing emissions […]Read More TOP 10 DOWNLOADED PAPERS PUBLISHED IN 2018
Our new article with David Victor and Arild Underdal in Climate Policy looks systematically at the political economy of the diffusion of emissions trading system (ETS) designs and has sobering implications for the vision of global carbon-market linking. Ever since the middle 1990s when serious efforts were made to promote the use of emission trading […]Read More Bye, bye global carbon market?
In my new article published in Climate Policy, I outline the need for strong and rapid greenhouse gas reductions from the agriculture sector, and propose a three-step strategy for including animal to plant sourced protein shifts in climate policy. The article covers five main aspects: The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions strongly and rapidly […]Read More Including Animal-to-Plant Protein Shifts in Climate Change Mitigation Policy: A Proposed Three-step Strategy
The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report (SR1.5) finds that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide to fall by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Such reduction would require “rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure (including […]Read More What Drives Adoption of Clean Technologies in Developing Countries?
Accounting, Rewarding, and the Paris Agreement In a newly published article in Climate Policy, I explore some governance issues associated with negative emission technologies, taking bioenergy combined with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) as the case at hand. The article covers three main topics: Accounting for negative emissions; Rewarding negative emissions (and incentives for industry […]Read More Governance of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage
With the recent surge of nationalism across many countries, efforts to build solidarity in the global climate regime might appear excessively idealistic. But one continually re-emerging lesson is that those who have suffered injustice will, inevitably, seek to remedy it. Moreover, norms and judgments about what is or is not acceptable are constantly changing, mostly […]Read More What Could the Global Climate Regime Learn From Transitional Justice Experiences?