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Science and the international politics of global warming

Shizuka Oshitani

in Global Warming Policy in Japan and Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069383
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701546 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719069383.003.0002
Science and the international politics of global warming

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This chapter gives a brief overview of: the nature of the problem of global warming; the international political responses to the scientific developments; and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). Grasping the nature of the problem is an important first step towards understanding national policy and policy developments, since any problem poses a certain set of constraints on the choices of rational and strategic policy-makers. Nor can we afford to overlook international political developments when we examine transboundary problems, which inevitably erode the political significance of national territory. The chapter first looks at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the science of global warming, discusses the greenhouse effect, and examines international political developments on climate change. It then considers key developments after the third Conference of Parties and the implementation of the FCCC.

Keywords: global warming; Framework Convention on Climate Change; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; greenhouse effect; climate change; Conference of Parties

Chapter.  6899 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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