Advanced Search

Central issues in the negotiations on limiting greenhouse warming

Research and Teaching Output of the MIT Community

Show simple item record Eckaus, Richard S. en_US 2009-12-15T23:56:33Z 2009-12-15T23:56:33Z 1992 en_US
dc.identifier 92002 en_US
dc.description.abstract The three central questions in the international negotiations on greenhouse warming are: (1) How much global warming should be tolerated? (2) How much responsibility for past emissions should be assigned to present generations? (3) How should quotas for future additions to total radiative forcing be allocated among countries? In principle, if these issues could be settled, the "command and control" procedure of regulation of the annual rate of emissions by each country, which has, so far, been the focus of attention, would be unnecessary. Determination of annual rates of greenhouse gas emissions could -- and should -- be left to individual countries. Sales or leases of emissions "permits" among countries may be used to reallocate emissions rights. The international negotiations may be thought as a means of asserting international control of the characteristic atmospheric responses to greenhouse gas accumulations. However, since compliance cannot be assured, when the gains from noncompliance are thought to be quite large and when violations would, in and of themselves, impose very little in the way of penalties on the violators, monitoring and coercion will be necessary to enforce any agreements. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Supported by the Center for Energy Policy Research, MIT and the Rockefeller Foundation. en_US
dc.format.extent 28 p en_US
dc.publisher MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Energy Policy Research) ; MIT-CEPR 92-002. en_US
dc.title Central issues in the negotiations on limiting greenhouse warming en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 28596213 en_US

Files in this item

Name Size Format Description
28596213.pdf 1.403Mb PDF

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record