About the Event
Resources for the Future and the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements Present: A Policy Briefing on Strategies for Post-Kyoto Climate Policy
October 4, 2007
Increasing greenhouse gas emissions have triggered a global experiment with an uncertain outcome for the future of the planet. The Kyoto Protocol serves as an initial step through 2012 to mitigate threats posed by global climate change.
A second step is needed, and policymakers, scholars, business planners, and environmentalists have begun debating the structure of the successor to the Kyoto agreement. In a just-published volume, Architectures for Agreement: Addressing Global Climate Change in the Post - Kyoto World, leading thinkers in economics, law, and international relations examine the merits of six alternative international strategies for future climate policy.
On October 4th, the editors of Architectures for Agreement presented key highlights of the book's analysis. This was followed by commentaries on the current climate policy negotiations--including the White House meeting of major nations on energy security and climate change--by the coordinator of White House climate change policy in the Clinton Administration and the former director of the Climate Change Technology Program in the Bush Administration.
This event was sponsored by Resources for the Future and the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, which is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Commentary on the book:
"The Kyoto Protocol was at best an imperfect and incomplete first step toward an effective response to the enormously difficult problem of climate change, which is characterized by huge stakes, great uncertainties, global scope, and a time-scale measured in decades or centuries. In this important volume, Joseph Aldy, Robert Stavins, and a host of distinguished contributors provide a thoughtful exploration of a range of alternative post-Kyoto top-down and bottom-up regimes and their implications. This book should be read by everyone who takes climate change seriously as a policy problem."
- Joseph E. Aldy, University Fellow, Resources for the Future
- Robert N. Stavins, University Fellow, A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development, Director, Environmental Economics Program, Harvard University