Climate paradox of the G-8: legal obligations, policy declarations and implementation gap

Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional. 2012;55(spe):30-52 DOI 10.1590/S0034-73292012000300003


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Journal Title: Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional

ISSN: 0034-7329 (Print); 1983-3121 (Online)

Publisher: Instituto Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais

LCC Subject Category: Political science: International relations

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English, Portuguese, Spanish

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Hans Guenter Brauch


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Time From Submission to Publication: 14 weeks


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This article analyzes the climate policy performance of the G-8 from 1992 to 2012 based on their legal commitments (Annex-1 and Annex-B countries) under the UNFCCC (1992) and the Kyoto Protocol (1997) and their policy declarations on their GHG reduction goals until 2050. A climate paradox has emerged due to a growing implementation gap in Canada, USA and Japan, while Russia, Germany, UK, France and Italy fulfilled their GHG reduction obligation.