In the midst of human-induced global climate change, powerful industrialized nations and rapidly industrializing nations are still heavily dependent on fossil fuels. Even if we arrive at a Hubbert’s peak for oil extraction in the 21st century, the availability of technologically recoverable coal and natural gas will mean that fossil fuels continue to be burned for many years to come, and our civilization will have to deal with the consequences far into the future. Climate change will not discriminate between rich and poor nations, and yet the UN-driven process of negotiating a global climate governance regime has hit serious roadblocks.
Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology and Knowledge
Zia, Asim. 2013. Post-Kyoto Climate Governance: Confronting the Politics of Scale, Ideology and Knowledge. . London & New York