December 19, 2010

Beyond Copenhagen: Reconciling International Fairness, Economic Development, and Climate Protection

by Jing Cao

- Looking beyond Copenhagen, this paper proposes a new architecture for international climate policy going forward. It highlights a top-down, burden-sharing rule that is designed to produce a fair distribution of burdens across countries while also (a) giving priority to economic development and concerns about wealth inequality and (b) achieving emission reductions consistent with holding the expected increase in global average temperature to 2 degrees Celsius.

Cao, J. (2010). "Beyond Copenhagen: Reconciling International Fairness, Economic Development, and Climate Protection." Discussion Paper 2010-44, Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Oct 2010.