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Governing Global Climate Change: St. Petersburg Compliance Report for the G8 Plus Five Countries

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Abstract: The subject of climate change has become increasingly prominent in both domestic and international headlines in the course of the past year, most notably since the publication of a series of authoritative reports, including the Stern Review on the economics of climate change (October 2006) and the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis and Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, released in the early 2007. In its December 2005 report, A more secure world: our shared responsibility, the UN High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change had identified climate change as one of the 21st century threats that has not been “effectively addressed” by governments. The G8 engagement with this issue-area (and the related question of energy security) long predates the tremendous growth in public concern about global warming. Most recently, at the first G8 Summit hosted by the Russian Federation in St. Petersburg on 15-17 July 2006, the leaders of the G8 nations, the European Commission, and the Plus Five developing countries reaffirmed their commitment to fighting this global problem. This Compliance Report of the G8 Research Group Oxford, Governing Global Climate Change, provides detailed analysis of fourteen governments’ activities in the area of climate change to assess to what degree, and how effectively, the world’s leading economies have lived up to their 2006 Summit promises.

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