Of the People, by the People, for the People? The European Union’s Experience with Private Environmental Regulation and Enforcement
in L. Senden & M. de Cock Buning (eds.), Private Regulation and Enforcement in the EU: finding the right balance from the citizens perspective (Forthcoming 2020, Hart publishing)
UCD Working Papers in Law, Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies Research Paper No. 17/2019
33 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2019
Date Written: December 12, 2019
The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the difference between a global temperature rise of 1.5°C and 2°C is clear in its conclusions: every half a degree counts. Capping temperature rises at 1.5°C would significantly limit our exposure to extreme weather, droughts and rising water levels, but would require ‘rapid and far-reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities’.
As the 2018 Nobel prize winner William D Nordhaus concludes, however, the reality is that ‘most countries are on a business-as-usual (BAU) trajectory of minimal policies to reduce their emissions, taking non-cooperative policies that are in their national interest, but far from ones which would represent a global cooperative policy’.
Keywords: climate, change, global, temperature, cooperative, policy
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