Pathologies of Climate Governance

Paris Agreement SecGen

Paul G. Harris, Pathologies of Climate Governance: International Relations, Domestic Politics and Human Nature (Cambridge University Press, under contract). Climate change is growing worse. Despite international agreements brokered by the United Nations, national policies to encourage the use of renewable energy, and increasing awareness of environmental sustainability among publics, enormous amounts of greenhouse gas pollution continue to enter Earth’s atmosphere, even as scientists warn that this pollution must be eliminated very soon. The resources needed to adapt to climate change are orders of magnitude less than what is available, especially for the poorest communities least responsible for the problem. Tragically, the problem is outpacing the solutions – there is a chronic, pathological inability to govern climate change effectively. What are the sources of this pathology and how can it be remedied? How can more effective policies be implemented by nations, communities and individuals? Pathologies of Climate Governance answers these questions. Readers will become familiar with climate change as a vital global problem, understand its fundamental causes and impacts, develop an awareness of key underlying driving forces, and learn about alternative pathways for moving beyond historically weak policy responses. Pathologies of Climate Governance is for people who want to see solutions to this vexing and urgent problem.