US exit from the Paris Agreement: Kyoto Revisited?
Free Public Lecture
Australian-German Climate and Energy College
187 Grattan St
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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, Dr Jonathan Pickering compares and contrasts US non-participation in the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. He will focus on four key areas that may condition the influence of US treaty decisions on international climate policy:
- Global momentum on climate change mitigation
- The timing and circumstances of the US decision to exit
- The possibility of US non-participation giving rise to alternative forms of international collaboration on climate policy
- The influence of treaty design on countries’ incentives to participate and comply.