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Politics of Climate Change: How International Relations Rely on Global Warming Policy

By    |   Tuesday, 10 February 2015 01:14 PM

The politics of climate change provides one of the greatest challenges of 21st century diplomacy and international governance.

According to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research,
"Given the many different stakeholders and communities who have roles to play, it is a contemporary challenge with regard to its demand on interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and languages, and the personal capacities needed to combine these so as to make diplomatic sense and success. Competing interests, political tensions and challenges of the world today, such as the economic recession and competing development priorities, mean that negotiation deadlocks are rife and ways to overcome them are becoming more and more challenging to find."

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Almost all the world's nations have expressed support for working proactively to save the Earth from global warming. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reports, 195 countries have signed a 1992 treaty called the "United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change," which seeks to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change while coping with whatever impacts are considered inevitable.

In addition, 192 nations have adopted the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which legally binds developed countries to emission reduction targets and established and enforcement branch authorized to penalizing countries that exceed emissions standards. However, in 2011 Canada became the first signatory to announce its withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. 

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The Kyoto Protocol signatories in 2012 at Doha, Qatar, agreed to extend the protocol for a second commitment period, with existing climate targets remaining in place until a new international agreement,scheduled to be reached by 2015. It takes effect in 2020.

Warming temperatures are anticipated to cause existing international tensions to rise, according to several leaked drafts and interviews with authors of a study being carried out by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, reported CBS News in 2014.

That panel for the first time found itself emphasizing the nuanced link between conflicts and warming temperatures. Participating scientists said warming won't cause wars, but it will add a destabilizing factor that will make existing threats worse.

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