COP21: Six Things You Need to Know About Climate Change

December 7, 2015

Forest in the Czech Republic. CREDIT: Jakub Sejkora.

It is no exaggeration to say that the outcomes of the Paris climate conference will determine the future of our planet. As world leaders gather for COP21 this December and try to agree on a global legally binding climate treaty, we offer you six great posts that will help you understand the implications of climate change.


Does the Legally Binding Character of the Paris Climate Change Agreement Matter and, If So, Why?
Daniel Bodansky, Arizona State University
How much does the legal form of the Paris outcome matter? Opinions on these questions differ widely. (December 2015, Policy Innovations)

International Efforts to Curb Emissions: Will Paris Succeed Where Others Have Failed?
Steinar Andresen, Fridtjof Nansen Institute
Questioning the effectiveness and capacity of the UN to solve this global problem is highly relevant. (December 2015, Policy Innovations)


Short-term Goodies versus Long-term Harm: The Ethical Dilemmas of Climate Change
Stephen Gardiner, University of Washington; Irene Pedruelo, Carnegie Council 
A conversation with philosopher Stephen Gardiner on how humanity should confront the climate change debate. (November 2015, Policy Innovations)


Book Review: Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle Against Climate Change Failed—and What It Means for Our Future by Dale Jamieson
Daniel BodanskyArizona State University
Jamieson is interested in the real rather than the ideal world. The result is a book that is uncommonly accessible to nonspecialists, and will resonate even among those working in the trenches of climate policy. (June 2015, Ethics and International Affairs)


Reversing Climate Change: A Vision of an Organic Planet
Mark Smallwood, Rodale Institute
Mark Smallwood, executive director at Rodale Institute, claims that a global shift to regenerative organic agriculture can reverse climate change. (May 2015, Policy Innovations)

A Conversation on Climate Change with Conservation International's M. Sanjayan
Zach Dorfman, Carnegie Council
In late June, Ethics & International Affairs senior editor Zach Dorfman sat down with M. Sanjayan, senior scientist at Conservation International, at the Aspen Ideas Festival to discuss our climate-changed world, and why—on some days at least—he's hopeful about our environmental future. (July 2015, Ethics & International Affairs interviews)