The Inconvenient Truth: Part II, by Tom Athanasiou, published on www.ecoequity.org and republished, in abridged form, on the Foreign Policy in Focus site, explores the impossibility of stabilizing the climate without addressing the problems of economic inequality in a serious manner.
The next, much-evolved version of GDRs was published with the snappy title of Greenhouse Development Rights: An approach to the global climate regime that takes climate protection seriously while also preserving the right to human development. We call it “the Nairobi draft” because, while it was ready for COP12 in Kenya (December 2006), we already knew that it would not be the last word. [Read more…]
In November of 2006, Dr. Paul Baer, EcoEquity’s Research Director, working together with Dr Michael Mastrandrea, published High Stakes: Designing emissions pathways to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. This seminal report, which was published by the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research, established the risk-analysis methodology that the Greenhouse Development Rights team subsequently adopted in order to define its reference “emergency pathway.” [Read more…]
The Greenhouse Development Rights approach debuted in December 2004 at a side event at COP 10 in Argentina, with a paper and presentation by the original author’s group – Sivan Kartha, Paul Baer, and Tom Athanasiou – entitled Cutting the Gordian Knot. The final, reworked version was published on April 15 2005, under the title Cutting the Knot: Climate Protection, Political Realism, and Equity as Requirements of a Post-Kyoto Regime.