A Plan to Strengthen the Paris Climate Agreement

6 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2016

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Bryan H. Druzin

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2016

Abstract

This essay proposes a way to prevent the Paris Agreement on climate change reached in December 2015 from collapsing. The agreement was historic. Nearly every nation in the world - from North Korea to the United States - pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement, however, contains no consequences if countries do not live up to their commitments. Environmental agreements of this kind are extremely fragile. At the heart of the problem is what is known as the tragedy of the commons - a unique dynamic that sabotages cooperation. In a nutshell, the problem is that no one can trust each other, which produces a destructive race to the bottom. This essay proposes a bold and totally novel solution to short-circuit this effect.

Keywords: Tragedy of the commons, environmental governance, climate change

Suggested Citation

Druzin, Bryan H., A Plan to Strengthen the Paris Climate Agreement (February 1, 2016). Fordham Law Review Res Gestae, Vol.84, 2016 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2769401

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