According to the latest UN Framework Convention on Climate Change report (UNFCCC 2021), planet Earth is in dire trouble. The combined effort of the international community’s nationally determined contributions (NDCs) set during COP21’s 2015 ‘Paris Agreement’ falls far short of meeting emissions-reductions targets to prevent a significant rise in global mean temperature. As the dangerous effects of climate warming appear faster and more furiously than expected, what can states do to make a significant impact in combating and mitigating this existential challenge? Is mitigation and adaptation viable options, or are forever going to be ‘running to stand still?’
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Full Professor of Law at the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, International Advisor of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) and Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Jonathan Hui, PhD candidate and Support Officer for the Environment and Resources Research Cluster at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
Evvan Morton, Research Fellow, American University Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy and a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy.
Heldiana suleyman, researcher at Institute of strategic affairs under the department of international relation and diplomacy. Former lecturer at the department of natural resource management, Madda Walabu university, Ethiopia.