Global climate change: Burden sharing
Climate change policies have largely been reduced to a question of lowering emissions of greenhouse gasses. By implication, burden sharing and international cost allocation have thus become a question of how to fairly distribute emission reductions and abatement costs among OECD countries.
Other aspects also need to be considered, however. A new report discusses burden-sharing issues in an extended framework. Some of the issues examined by the report are the costs inflicted by climate change damages and the costs of adaptation measures. The report also examines factors affecting adaptation capacity and vulnerability to climate change, and summarizes the findings of integrated impact assessments. Finally, the report discusses the various distributional fairness principles or norms that could potentially be employed in an extended concept of burden sharing.
Further information: Pia Frederiksen, NERI. Phone: +45 4630 1207. E-mail: email@example.com.
The report “Burden sharing in the context of global climate change. A North-South perspective, NERI Technical Report No. 424, 2002” is available at: http://www.dmu.dk/1_viden/2_publikationer/3_fagrapporter/rapporter/FR424.pdf
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