Michael Oppenheimer

Building Blocks: A Strategy for Near-Term Climate Action

The Paris Agreement cemented a new framework for global climate policy based on the voluntary and non-legally binding emission reduction actions by both developed and developing countries. The building blocks strategy for climate action discussed in this Special Issue is well adapted to and strongly complements this new structure. Building blocks focus on multiple transnational …

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A Building Blocks Strategy for Global Climate Change

The likely future global climate regime, based on nationally determined, non-legally binding commitments, is not by itself likely to produce emissions reductions sufficient to prevent dangerous climate change. There is, however, already significant mitigation occurring outside the context of the UNFCCC that could potentially be scaled up to fill the gap. This chapter, expanding on earlier work, proposes a …

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The Washington Post | The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future

Guarini Center affiliate and NYU School of Law Visiting Professor Michael Oppenheimer is quoted in a recent Washington Post column that profiles a new high-profile scientific study. The study in question, led by James Hansen of Columbia’s Earth Institute, claims that prominent projections of sea-level rise in the coming decades may fail to account for climatic feedback effects …

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Nature | Europe Braces for More Climate Litigation

See Nature’s article regarding climate change: Europe Braces for More Climate Litigation which quotes Richard Stewart, NYU Law Professor and Guarini Center Faculty Director; and Michael Oppenheimer, Visiting Professor of Law, NYU; Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, Princeton University. READ MORE

Further delay in implementing emissions cuts leaves planet “depending on luck” says Princeton professor – NYU law visiting professor and author of new IPCC report

For Immediate Release November 4, 2014 NEW YORK- Noted climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer, a principal author of a just-released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and a professor at Princeton and NYU Law visiting professor, said that further delay in reaching an international agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions would amount to a highly …

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Building Blocks for Global Climate Protection

Authors: Richard Stewart, Michael Oppenheimer and Bryce Rudyk This article presents an innovative institutional approach to supplement and ultimately strengthen the lagging United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process for negotiating a climate treaty that commits major emitting and developed countries to greenhouse gas emissions limitations. The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action does …

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A New Strategy for Global Climate Protection

Authors: Richard Stewart, Michael Oppenheimer and Bryce Rudyk This essay proposes an innovative institutional strategy for global climate protection, quite distinct from but ultimately complementary to the UNFCCC climate treaty negotiations. Our “building block” strategy relies on a variety of smaller-scale transnational cooperative arrangements, involving not only states, but also sub-national jurisdictions, firms, and civil …

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Building a More Effective Global Climate Regime Bottom-Up

Authors: Richard Stewart, Michael Oppenheimer and Bryce Rudyk The Durban Platform for Enhanced Action holds out the promise of progress towards a climate treaty that includes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limitations commitments by all major emitting countries, including developing as well as developed countries. But as the UNFCCC process still faces significant obstacles, it needs …

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