People, policy and politics in future climates

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Taplin, R. (2012). People, policy and politics in future climates. In A. Henderson & K. McGuffie (Eds.), The Future of the World's Climate (pp. 29- 46). Oxford, United Kingdom: Elsevier.

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The influence that global human society is perpetrating on future climates of the Earth is related to population, politics, policy, and ethics. We are at a fork in the road, or a turning point where the environmental decisions of citizens, public officials, political leaders, business and labour leaders, diplomats, and scientists are critical. Climate change has been on the agenda of international agencies, governments around the globe, and local authorities since the late 1980s. Now, around 20 years later, many local and national initiatives have been employed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. However, international co-operation via the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, 1992) and its Kyoto Protocol is greatly lacking as evidenced by the outcome from Copenhagen in 2009. The many local initiatives that have been taken up are praiseworthy, but in the face of national inaction in some countries such as the United States (USA) and my home country, Australia, they are not enough.

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