Thursday, July 22, 2010

Comparing Countries' Copenhagen Commitments, State vs. Federal Climate Policies, more:Harvard Project

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Comparing Countries' Copenhagen Commitments, State vs. Federal Climate Policies, more

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The Latest from the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements

  July 22, 2010

  Comparing Climate Commitments: A Model-Based Analysis of the Copenhagen Accord

  By Warwick McKibbin, Adele Morris, Peter Wilcoxen

The authors compare the targets and actions to which countries have committed under the Copenhagen Accord. They show how various formulations of these commitments make them appear quite different in stringency. The authors estimate and compare both environmental and economic performance, and they analyze the spillover effects of emissions reductions efforts on countries that did not adopt economy-wide emissions targets at Copenhagen.
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  Interactions between State and Federal Climate Change Policies

  By Lawrence Goulder and Robert N. Stavins

The authors examine the interconnections between federal and state climate change policy in the United States. They conclude that state-level policy in the presence of a federal policy can be beneficial or problematic, depending on the nature of the overlap between the two systems, the relative stringency of the efforts, and the types of policy instruments engaged.
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  Linking Policies When Tastes Differ: Global Climate Policy in a Heterogeneous World

  By Gilbert E. Metcalf and David Weisbach

The authors discuss linkage of various types of trading systems. Their goal is to identify opportunities for constructive linkage and policy choices that might limit or hinder linkage. They argue that the basic approach of existing emission-reduction-credit systems, especially the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), can be extended to create linkage opportunities among diverse emission control systems while eliminating some of the problems in the CDM. Moreover, while emission-reduction-credit systems are designed to work with cap and trade, the authors describe how they might complement tax and certain regulatory systems, as well.
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  Options for the Institutional Venue for International Climate Negotiations

  By Robert N. Stavins

The Fifteenth Conference of the Parties reinforced doubts about whether the UNFCCC should continue to be the primary institutional venue for global climate change negotiations. This issue brief assesses some other institutions that might serve to supplement or partially replace the UNFCCC, including the Major Economies Forum, the G-20, and bilateral and multilateral approaches.
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  Robert Stavins Conducts Seminar at International Peace Institute in New York

  By Robert C. Stowe

Harvard Project Director Robert Stavins conducted a seminar at the International Peace Institute in New York City titled "Climate Change Policy after Copenhagen." The June talk addressed the outcomes of COP-15 in Copenhagen, the institutional context of international climate policy, and prospects for U.S. domestic climate policy. There were about 75 participants--primarily representatives of permanent missions to the UN. Read a transcript of his talk.
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  Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements Conducts Research Workshop in Venice, Italy

  By Robert C. Stowe

The Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements convened the International Research Workshop on Institutions for Global Governance--at which leading scholars examined the institutional context of international climate change policy. The May workshop was hosted by and jointly organized with the International Center for Climate Governance, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change.
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  Harvard Kennedy School's Robert Stavins Named a Coordinating Lead Author for IPCC's New Report

  By Sasha Talcott

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has named Robert N. Stavins, director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, a coordinating lead author for the next report's chapter on international cooperation and agreements. Stavins, along with Professor Zou Ji of China's Renmin Univeristy, will lead the chapter's other authors in building consensus on the topic, titled "International Cooperation: Agreements and Instruments."
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