The Environment - Full Length

August 23, 2012

Despite best efforts, the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen ended, unlike the Kyoto meeting of 1997, without the establishment of a set of general principles and targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions to be met by the world's industrialized and industrializing nations. Copenhagen did, however, provide a further opportunity for the world's leaders to come to grips with the potential negative impacts of climate change and the measures necessary to prevent global temperatures from increasing. Given the impasse of Copenhagen, how can new strategies be adopted by NGOs and governments in order to create effective and lasting climate change regulation? What role can the private sector play in this effort, in particular by providing new technologies and green solutions?