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Beth Edmondson and Stuart Levy learn why it's so tough for the overseas group to answer international weather switch. In doing so, they examine and clarify many of the options that would eventually give you the foundations for acceptable responses.

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8◦ C (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 26 Climate Change and Order 2007b). Such a world would be significantly different from that of the 20th century. Rainfall patterns would have changed dramatically, resulting in wet tropics becoming drier with reductions in the amount of habitable land. Severe storms would have become common in many parts of the world along with more severe and widespread droughts. Wildfires and extreme bushfires would be more common, leading to further environmental pressures including increased airborne pollution and diminished forest resources.

In the 20th century, states’ interests emerged from perceptions of their own interests as largely existing outside the realm of global order (Edmondson and Levy, 2008). Knowledge-based actors of various kinds, such as scientists, intergovernmental organisations and non-governmental organisations sought to influence states’ perceptions of the impacts of greenhouse gases in the latter stages of the 20th century. They also sought to understand the importance of gaps and tensions between international and domestic interests because they perceived political structures and diverse interests to be important components of the economic, social and political undertakings of states (Paterson, 2000; Young, 1989).

The scientific community is increasingly certain that we do not have the time for such an approach. Second, international environmental agencies and intergovernmental authorities are likely to seek higher levels of compliance among parties by adopting penalty clauses. Third, as is evident from the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, the magnitude and diversity of the challenges confronted by contemporary states, coupled with their long histories of economic and political competition, make it unlikely that they will readily achieve meaningful consensus in the near future.

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