Giving Compass’ Take:
· Fred Dews provides a recap from the global UN climate conference and touches on a number of expert analyses of climate-related issues.
· Why is climate change considered the toughest political issue to address?
Since the mid-19th century, the United States and Europe have been responsible for most greenhouse gas emissions. Over the last 30 years, China, India, and other rising nations have started to increase their share of emissions. In a joint report from The Hamilton Project and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the authors write that: “it seems likely that in order to avert the worst effects of climate change, emissions reduction efforts will be required by both historic contributors—the United States and Europe—as well as more recently developing countries such as China and India.”
Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck writes that “in spite of the evidence at hand, climate change remains the toughest, most intractable political issue we, as a society, have ever faced.” In her review of public opinion data, she notes that about a third to a half of the public believes that the seriousness of global warming is “generally exaggerated.”
Read the full article about climate change by Fred Dews at The Brookings Institution.
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