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Aspects of science and technology in support of legal and policy frameworks associated with a global carbon emissions-control regime

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The delegates to COP21 in Paris, in conjunction with nationally formulated commitments and pledges, resolved that countries should take actions to “hold the increase in global temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels” and to achieve “a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removal by sinks of greenhouse gases in the second half of this century”. This resolution for action suggests a step towards a global carbon emissions-control regime which, due to regional variabilities and remaining uncertainties as to the exact effects of atmospheric CO2 concentrations, must be considered within the purview of risk management. In this Opinion, four topics are discussed that intertwine science, technology, legal, and policy issues critical to the implementation of any global carbon emissions-control regime: (i) What to regulate and at what levels; (ii) Regulating short-term versus long-term emissions; (iii) Validation of compliance in a regulated global emissions regime; and, (iv) Legal aspects of geoengineering.

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The article was received on 27 Jan 2016, accepted on 02 Jun 2016 and first published on 02 Jun 2016


Article type: Opinion
DOI: 10.1039/C6EE00272B
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2016,9, 2172-2176
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    Aspects of science and technology in support of legal and policy frameworks associated with a global carbon emissions-control regime

    N. S. Lewis, Energy Environ. Sci., 2016, 9, 2172
    DOI: 10.1039/C6EE00272B

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