Greenhouse Development Rights (An Update)
Paul Baer of EcoEquity has recently contributed to a new report for the Institute of Public Policy Research. Entitled, "High Stakes--Designing emissions pathways to reduce the risk of climate change" the report looks at the levels of emissions cuts required to avoid the worst possibilities of climate change. Some of you might remember how impressed I was by Pauls work when i first encountered it last year. If 'contraction and convergence' is the only framework you have read about that takes human rights seriously then you may be interested in Greenhouse Develoment Rights. Whilst C&C is extremely simple--a huge bonus in terms of opporationalisation it also leaves out some important issues.
We don't have a right to emmit, do we? We have a right to a certain level of development...equity in living standards is the important factor. In currently wealthy nations the ability to move towards a low carbon can be argued to create an onus to do so. This is the argument that Paul makes, in a very convincing manner, GDR's suggest an even more dramatic challenge for the developed world and the requirement for a large flow of capital to support the global "South".
A futher report written for Nairobi can be found here.
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