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December 15, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

The 2015 Paris Agreement marked a turning point in the global community’s response to climate change. For the first time, almost all the world’s nations put forward specific pledges to cut their greenhouse gas emissions with the aim of limiting global warming to 2˚C, and ideally 1.5˚C.

The ten contributions in Climate Policy after the 2015 Paris Climate Conference provide a powerful and scholarly analysis of how this historic achievement came about. Written by longstanding experts in the field, the chapters explore the merits and flaws of the treaty and the implementation challenges that still lie ahead, including inconsistency between the Paris Agreement’s global temperature goals and national pledges; weak provisions on support for developing countries; differing legal interpretations on climate liability; and the potential for trade disputes between more and less ambitious countries.

Altogether, these authoritative contributions provide essential reading for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the Paris Agreement, its political origins, and the prospects for international climate policy going forwards.

Apart from the addition of an insightful new introduction tracking and analysing developments since 2015, the chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Climate Policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: International climate policy after Paris: An update on a changing world

Joanna Depledge

1. Climate policy after the Paris 2015 climate conference

Jorge E. Viñuales, Joanna Depledge, David M. Reiner and Emma Lees

2. Climate change after Paris: from turning point to transformation

Richard Kinley

3. The Paris Agreement: resolving the inconsistency between global goals and national contributions

Niklas Höhne, Takeshi Kuramochi, Carsten Warnecke, Frauke Röser, Hanna Fekete, Markus Hagemann, Thomas Day, Ritika Tewari, Marie Kurdziel, Sebastian Sterl and Sofia Gonzales

4. Precaution and post-caution in the Paris Agreement: adaptation, loss and damage and finance

Anju Sharma

5. The Paris Agreement: China’s ‘New Normal’ role in international climate negotiations

Isabel Hilton and Oliver Kerr

6. Responsibility and liability for climate loss and damage after Paris

Emma Lees

7. Small group, big impact: how AILAC helped shape the Paris Agreement

Guy Edwards, Isabel Cavelier Adarve, María Camila Bustos and J. Timmons Roberts

8. US-proofing the Paris Climate Agreement

Luke Kemp

9. Global trade and promotion of cleantech industry: a post-Paris agenda

John A. Mathews

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Biography

Joanna Depledge is Fellow at the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) at the University of Cambridge, and a member of the research network Climate Strategies.

Jorge E. Viñuales is Visiting Professor at LUISS, Guido Carli, and the Harold Samuel Chair of Law and Environmental Policy at Cambridge.

Emma Lees is Professor of Environmental and Property Law, and Wilson Fellow and Dean at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge. She is also the Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Property Law and a Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG).

David Reiner is University Senior Lecturer in Technology Policy at the Judge Business School and Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), University of Cambridge. He is also a Research Associate of the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).