Essay On Climate Change Negotiation

1195 WordsDec 5, 20175 Pages
The climate change negotiation game, which took place at Michigan Tech University, had close to 30 participants with nine groups representing the USA, EU, other developed countries, India, China, other developing nations, fossil fuel industry, climate activists and journalists. After two rounds of negotiations, the temperature rise could be limited to 2.3 oC better than the Paris agreement by 0.3 oC. The Copenhagen accord temperature target of 2oC has not been achieved despite the earnest efforts from every bloc. Though the challenges faced by India, China and Other developing countries are quite different in real life, for the purposes of negotiations these constraints didn’t affect the parameters available for negotiation. Hence the…show more content…
Hence, had the countries pledged less, there would have been an overall decrease in the amount contributed thus leading to a temperature rise more than 2.3oC. During the climate change negotiation game, the different blocs fiddled with the parameters - years emission peak and reduction, reduction rate, net gain in forest area and contributions to GCF. To estimate the year of emission peak and reduction, it would be helpful to know the current fossil fuel renewable energy usage ratio. Another helpful piece of information would be, the economic investment required to generate per MW using fossil fuel and renewable energy sources. And ultimately, the tax-revenue available to invest in the energy resources. In the absence of these constraints, it was easy to make the environmentally friendly choice. The data on the potential impact of renewable energy resources, and if it would fulfill the energy demands of the growing population would be valuable in giving a realistic estimate. Further, the data on temperature rise per decade and an estimate of economic impact per degree Celsius would have been helpful to instigate both developed and developing nations to take action and contribute to GCF. Another perspective that was lacking, was the inability to perceive the pledged contribution and reduction of emissions, and how the pledges affect the internal economy. The challenges faced by the developing
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