Global Climate Change Policy – Post-Copenhagen Discord, Special Issue 09/01/2010

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PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
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Deadline for Submissions: September 1 2010.

Given the danger represented by climate change, why did the Copenhagen Climate Summit in December 2009 fail to reach a comprehensive global agreement to address the climate change emergency? Is it likely that an effective global response to address climate change will be developed before the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012? This special issue of Portal on Global Climate Change Policy seeks multi-disciplinary papers that identify the issues to be overcome in developing effective global climate change governance and propose approaches, policies and measures that might contribute to an effective outcome to address this extremely complex policy problem. Contributors are invited to address the many issues these questions raise including:

• How can we achieve an effective global response to climate change that allows for global emissions to come rapidly under control, even while the developing world vastly scales up energy services in its ongoing fight against endemic poverty and for human development?
• Given that the national commitments to the Copenhagen Accord are likely to result in a 3°C global warming over pre-industrial levels versus its stated aim of remaining below 2°C, how can 190 sovereign states develop and implement responses that will be effective in avoiding dangerous climate change?
• Is a binding global agreement necessary to respond effectively to climate change? What other models or frameworks for effective international climate change response exist and what are their current prospects?
• What are the roles of global civil society and the international business community in delivering an effective international response to climate change?

For further information, please contact the special issue guest joint editors, Ian M McGregor: email: or Chris Riedy: email:

PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies only accepts submissions of unpublished manuscripts, which are not being considered by other publications. All submissions deemed suitable are subject to a blind peer-review process. Recommended length is a maximum of 8000 words including notes and references. Authors are invited to submit their articles directly to PORTAL, via its online submission system. Authors must ensure that their submissions comply with PORTAL author guidelines. Articles that do not comply with those guidelines will be returned to authors for resubmission. For details, see:

General enquiries can be directed to the journal's main editor: Paul Allatson: