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From Kyoto To The Town Hall

Author : Anders Biel
ISBN : 9781849771412
Genre : Political Science
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International agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, EU regulation and country-specific national climate policies offer some hope of addressing climate change. But all too often implementation of these high level objectives is derailed at the sub-national, local and - perhaps most important - individual level, by a variety of structural, policy and perceived barriers that result in a failure of effective action.Drawing on original research from Sweden, a world leader in effective environmental solutions, this volume examines the difficulties of aligning climatepolicy from international to national and sub-national levels. The authors address the full range of barriers and complexities, including governance structures, the relationship between 'experts' and the public, political feasibility, tax measures, perceptions of 'fairness' and self-interest, and the importance of environmental values. Also covered are the roles and perceptions of organizations and professions, the place of carbon-free technologies (such as wind power), the relationship between national and EU regulations, and the monumental challenge of governing the climate in a bordered and divided world.This volume is a vital source of information for all those seeking to create effective, coordinated responses to the challenge of climate change.
Category: Political Science

Turning Down The Heat

Author : Hugh Compston
ISBN : 0230202047
Genre : Science
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This book explores political strategies for governments that wish to take stronger action on climate change.The issue of climate change and policies designed to control it is very topical and likely to remain so. There are no recent surveys of the politics of climate change that cover a range of affluent democracies. For these reasons the book should be of interest not only to social scientists, and students on social science and environmental studies courses, but also to participants in the policy process and observers of climate policy and policy-making.This study analyses the politics of climate policy in a range of affluent democracies and at EU level in order to identify political strategies that would make it easier for governments to make major cuts in greenhouse gas emissions without sustaining significant political damage.
Category: Science

Our Planet

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ISBN : NYPL:33433078191032
Genre : Environmental degradation
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Category: Environmental degradation

The Congress Of Local And Regional Authorities Texts Adopted 17th Session 13 To 15 October 2009

ISBN : 9287167567
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This publication brings together the texts adopted by the Standing Committee of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe. The Congress, a consultative body of the Council of Europe, is made up of two chambers: one representing local authorities, the other the regions. Its aim is to reinforce democratic structures at local and regional level, and in particular to help the newly-emerging democracies in central and eastern Europe. The Congress adopts three different types of texts: recommendations, opinions and resolutions. Recommendations are proposals to the Committee of Ministers, and their application is left up to each member government. Sometimes they are also addressed to other international organisations. Opinions usually refer to questions to the Congress from the Committee of Ministers or the Parliamentary Assembly. The Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly consult the Congress on questions which are likely to affect the competence and the basic interests of the local and regional authorities which the Congress represents. Resolutions reflect the decisions that the Congress is authorised to take, or make recommendations to local and/or regional authorities and their associations.

Activities Of The Council Of Europe Report

Author : Council of Europe
ISBN : 9287151571
Genre : Law
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During 2001 the Council of Europe continued to consolidate democratic change and to assist the applicant countries in facilitation of their accession. Indeed, Armenia and Azerbaijan joined the Council on 25 January bringing the total member states to 43. At the same time it remained true to its original aim of achieving greater unity through cooperation. Areas discussed include: political affairs;strategic planning; legal affairs and local democracy; human rights; social cohesion; education, culture, youth, sport. Appendices include the texts adopted by the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, and the judgements delivered by the European Court of Human Rights.
Category: Law