Climate Climax: Power, Development and ‘World Peace’

29 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2010

Date Written: February 18, 2010


The Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, Copenhagen December 7-18, 2009, had ended with denial of climate justice in so-called Copenhagen Accord. The industrialised North had emitted massive greenhouse gases, to promote wasteful life-style and fossilfueled economic growth and had worsened global climate to a catastrophic extent. The zero-sum game produced its obvious tolls on wretched teeming millions mostly of ‘other’ world in the forms of coastal erosion, ice melt, infertile land and deteriorating water sources. Critical Climatics is founded on just settlement of climate debt between industrialized North and underdeveloped South vis-à-vis potential climateenforced human vulnerabilities. The Nobel peace prize 2009 to Obama attained much significance in the light of forthcoming Copenhagen conference where United States, which has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, was expected to make important announcements on emission reduction targets. Precident Obama took over the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference by pushing back the UN agencies with the complicity of the host Danish government. He then negotiated with the leaders of the wealthiest nations, some of the most important emerging States and two very poor countries and introduced a document not accepted by most of the nations.

Keywords: Critical Climatics, World System, Human Development, Geopolitics, Nobel Peace Prize 2009

JEL Classification: L5, N5, O, P1, Q2

Suggested Citation

Mukhopadhyay, Arun G., Climate Climax: Power, Development and ‘World Peace’ (February 18, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

Arun G. Mukhopadhyay (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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