"Governing the climate? Twenty Years of International Negotiations" by Stefan Aykut and Amy Dahan - Edition Les Presses de Sciences Po - January 2015 - 750 Pages
Over the past two decades, the climate problem has risen to the top of the global agenda, and a multilateral process has been set up to address it. However, the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which are responsible for climate change, reached a record level in 2013.
How can we assess the outcome of these negotiations? Returning to the political treatment of climate change, from the Kyoto Protocol to the present day, the authors offer an analysis of these issues and of a governance that raises as many expectations as it creates disillusionment.
Is it possible to change the paradigm when the world is experiencing major accelerations and multiple crises? In what framework should we rethink the climate challenge in order to face it and place it in the field of the future?
A reference on climate change and the strategic questions it raises: the relationship between science and policy and the role of experts, the changing geopolitics of climate, the energy transition in Europe, the United States and the major emerging countries, the links between the climate problem and globalisation, and between adaptation and development.
This book is eminently useful for putting into perspective the ramified system of climate governance, allowing everyone to learn in depth about the various works available on climate, to understand the negotiation processes and the complex interplay of actors that accompanies them, say many media observers.
Stefan Aykut, politician and sociologist of science, is a postdoctoral fellow at LISIS, Université Paris-Est, and an associate researcher at the Marc-Bloch Centre in Berlin.
Amy Dahan Dalmedico, science historian, is Director of Research Emeritus at the CNRS (Alexandre-Koyré Centre, CNRS-EHESS).