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By J. Vogler

John Vogler examines the overseas politics of weather switch, with a spotlight at the United international locations Framework conference (UNFCCC). He considers how the overseas procedure treats the matter of weather swap, analysing the ways that this has been outlined through the overseas neighborhood and the pursuits and alignments of nation governments.

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6 Frustrated by the continuing lack of progress on GHG emissions by the industry and governments in the ICAO, the EU agreed, in 2008, to include emissions from international flights in its emissions trading system. The resulting conflict between the EU and other countries over the legality of this policy, the decision by the US Senate to forbid US carriers’ participation and Chinese threats to retaliate against Airbus, provide an excellent illustration of the difficulties and sovereign sensibilities involved in any attempt to bring international emissions under control.

Measures to restrict emissions in developed countries through carbon-trading, which serves to increase energy prices, can compound the problem by promoting ‘carbon leakage’: the displacement of carbon-intensive industry offshore. If the climate problem were to have been addressed from the standpoint of ecological holism, or even economic efficiency, the current territorially based arrangements and fragmented global architecture would hardly provide a rational solution. A more effective design would need, instead, to address the forces that drive the upward trend in emissions and the destruction of sinks.

24–8). Another more certain, but much riskier, approach would be to inject the stratosphere with aerosols in imitation of the observed cooling effects of volcanic eruptions. Probably the most exotic of geoengineering proposals would rely on space-based systems to reduce the amount of incoming solar energy. Suggestions have included placing reflectors or sunshades in a variety of orbital positions. The costs and uncertainties, not least with regard to their impact on the earth’s climate systems, remain prohibitively high – such as to render them an unrealistic proposition in the immediate future (Royal Society, 2009, p.

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