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An Economist's Take on the Poland Climate Conference: The Glass is More than Half Full

| Dec. 18, 2018

The global climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, that wrapped up on Dec. 15 had a challenging mission. Three years ago in Paris, 196 countries and regions agreed to curb global greenhouse gas emissionsNow they had to agree on rules and guidelines for how to do it.

Two urgent realities hung over the negotiations. First, U.S. President Donald Trump announced in June 2017 that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement in November 2020 – the soonest that any nation can actually do so. Second, although countries that are responsible for 97 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions have pledged to make cuts, the initial reductions will surely not be enough to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. So, a key question is how the Paris Agreement can facilitate increased ambition over time....

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For Academic Citation: Stavins, Robert N.“An Economist's Take on the Poland Climate Conference: The Glass is More than Half Full.” The Conversation, December 18, 2018.

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Robert N. Stavins