A treaty that works… please


Here is an interesting article on the use of the Montreal Protocol to be employed for climate change. This is a response to the failure of the broad UNFCCC (Copenhagen et. al.) global agreements. The article suggests the use of another framework to curb climate change, which involves the agreement of all nations to phase out one polluting chemical.

Now with a little analysis here, let me suggest a few ideas that help sort this issue out. Using the ideas of some policy scientists who precisely compare the successful Montreal frameworks vs. the climate change talks, the reason Montreal worked was because it was an issue with defined and clear science and no moral or value debate involved. Everyone was against CFC’s and their effects on ozone were clear. Not so with climate change – where the science is unclear for we know little about the earth’s climate system and upon the climate change bandwagon almost every moral issue you can imagine is being fought. So… there is a risk that if the Montreal Protocol begins to claim climate change solutions, it may start to become politicized and fail where it once succeeded. However, the idea of breaking up climate change into discrete issues addressed individually, has been one of the powerful suggestions made recently by scientists, such as seen in the Hartwell Paper.

Thanks Adam for the link… more will follow soon on this, I am still recovering from a full weekend of conferences.

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3 thoughts on “A treaty that works… please

  1. Good to see the article posted, and I agree with your concerns. Hopefully, it doesn’t torpedo an effective international treaty by surrounding it with poisonous ideological rhetoric…

    Curious to hear about the contents of the “weekend courses.”

  2. Pingback: The “logic of the grain of wheat” « Faith & Environment

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