The international climate talks can at times resemble
an unruly playground - lots of tears, shouting, and not an awful
lot of order.
It's enough to make the casual observer wonder whether
the annual UN meetings are really working. But is there an
An interesting answer emerged at a meeting of experts
this morning: peer pressure. Participants at the Carbon Connect
event said governments were much more likely to implement climate
change policies if they see their allies might leave them
Each year, countries meet under the auspices of the
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to
set the direction of global climate policy. In recent years, only
incremental progress has been made, leading some to question
whether governments are still committed to constraining emissions
and combating climate change.
But such analysis overlooks progress being made in
countries' own halls of power, said Sam Fankhauser, co-director of
LSE's Grantham Institute.