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US exit from the Paris Agreement: Kyoto revisited?

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Australian-German Climate & Energy College

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Carlton, VIC 3053

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The United States' recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (unless it can re-engage on more favourable terms) has rattled international consensus on the need for cooperation to avoid dangerous climate change. Yet it remains contested whether the overall effects of the US decision on global climate policy will be good, bad or largely indifferent.

To help tease out the likely implications of the decision, Jonahthan Pickering compares and contrasts US non-participation in the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Dr Pickering will focus on four key areas that may condition the influence of US treaty decisions on international climate policy:

  1. Global momentum on climate change mitigation
  2. The timing and circumstances of the US decision to exit
  3. The possibility of US non-participation giving rise to alternative forms of international collaboration on climate policy
  4. The influence of treaty design on countries' incentives to participate and comply

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Jonathan Pickering is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Canberra, based at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance. He is currently working with Prof John Dryzek on an Australian Research Council-funded project entitled 'Deliberating in the Anthropocene' (2015-19). in 2014 he received his doctorate in philosophy from ANU. He is an Associate of the ANU Climate Change Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Development Policy Centre. His research has been published in Development Policy Review, Ecological Economics, Ethics & International Affairs, Global Environmental Politics, International Environmental Agreements and World Development.

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