The Perils of Playing Nice

climate change

4 Jul 2008

In shooting for the political mainstream, the climate movement has shot itself in the foot, argue David Spratt and Philip Sutton

Global warming is an emergency, and “for emergency situations we need emergency action,” UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon told the world in November 2007.

Why, then, has climate policy moved in such a painfully slow manner? How can the impasse be resolved between what needs doing quickly, based on the science, and what seems a “reasonable” thing to do in the current political environment?

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