06 August 2012

Climate of Failure

I've got an essay up at Foreign Policy on the state of the climate debate. Here is how it starts:
The heady days of early 2009, when advocates for global action on climate change anticipated world leaders gathering later that year around a conference table in Copenhagen to reach a global agreement, are but a distant memory. Today, with many of these same leaders focusing their attention on jumpstarting economic growth, environmental issues have taken a back seat. For environmentalists, it may seem that climate policy has dropped from the political agenda altogether. 
They're right. The world's biggest emitters have reached a consensus of sorts, but not the one hoped for in Copenhagen.
Please head over there to read the rest, and then please feel welcome to comment there or come back here. Questions/critique welcomed.