“Flexible mechanisms” – Greenpeace.org One principle established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“UNFCCC”) during negotiations is that parties have “common but differentiated responsibilities”. Controversial as it is in translating this principle into policies, it rightly captures the diverse nature of participating countries. With “differentiated responsibilities”, it naturally follows that “flexible mechanisms” […]

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Grace Lange on September 14th, 2009

In the past, we’ve seen a correlation between more economic development, more energy use, and more emissions of green house gasses. “The challenge of addressing climate change is to break the link between economic development and greenhouse gas emissions” (Uniting on Climate Change, UNFCCC 2007). The key here to curbing the impacts of climate change […]

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Kelly Rogers on September 13th, 2009

  According to the May 30, 2008 CRS Report for Congress regarding the Kyoto Protocol, the Protocol’s “flexible mechanisms” provision is one of the key areas of debate. In his book Kyoto2, author Oliver Tickell provides a strong case against the presence of flexible mechanisms in international climate policy, particularly focusing on the “most important […]

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