PublicationJournal Article Pulling Out of Paris: Why the United States’ Withdrawal Will Not Much Matter

July 5, 2017
Publication Type:
Journal Article

The Arti­cle reviews the Unit­ed States’ recent deci­sion to with­draw from the Paris Accord and recounts some of the most promi­nent pol­i­cy dis­cus­sions sur­round­ing this deci­sion. The Arti­cle goes on to explain, that these pol­i­cy dis­cus­sions reject sci­ence in favor of short-term polit­i­cal gains.

The Arti­cle reviews new sci­en­tif­ic reports which indi­cates that sea lev­el rise may be far worse than expect­ed, due in large part to the fact that pre­vi­ous com­put­er mod­els nev­er looked beyond the year 2100. As this Arti­cle high­lights, our pol­i­cy dis­cus­sions have become so heav­i­ly focused on the near future that we have cre­at­ed a dis­tort­ed per­cep­tion of time that doesn’t mesh with real­i­ty. This Arti­cle urges pol­i­cy-mak­ers to take real action on cli­mate now, before it is too late.

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