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Published in partnership with Climate Strategies, Climate Policy is a world leading peer-reviewed academic journal publishing high quality research and analysis on all aspects of climate change policy, including adaptation and mitigation, governance and negotiations, and policy design, implementation and impact. Published research spans the boundaries between sectors, disciplines and jurisdictions, making research accessible and relevant to the wide range of people and organisations directly involved in addressing climate change, including academics, policymakers, practitioners and negotiators.

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Editor's Choice: COP 23

The next round of the climate change negotiations is taking place in Bonn, from 6 to 17 November, under the presidency of Fiji.  The main task of the Bonn Climate Conference (known formally as COP 23) is to make progress on agreeing the rulebook to implement the landmark Paris Agreement.  A key theme is transparency – how to ensure that emissions data and information on policy actions reported by governments is reliable and comparable. Adaptation and financing for developing countries will also feature strongly, especially in the wake of recent extreme weather events and their devastating impacts.   This is the first formal negotiating round since President Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, so the actions of the US delegation will be closely watched. And COP 23 is not just about negotiations among governments: non-state actors - such as cities, regions and businesses - will be out in force demonstrating the action they are taking to steer the world onto a more climate-friendly path. 

Climate Policy publishes ground-breaking research and insightful commentary on all the issues on the COP 23 agenda, as well as on political and policy developments outside the negotiating halls. 

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Also from the Founding Editor

Planetary Economics

Michael Grubb

How well do our assumptions about the global challenges of energy, environment and economic development fit the facts?

Energy prices have varied hugely between countries and over time, yet the share of national income spent on energy has remained surprisingly constant. The foundational theories of economic growth account for only about half the growth observed in practice. Despite escalating warnings for more than two decades about the planetary risks of rising greenhouse gas emissions, most governments have seemed powerless to change course.

Planetary Economics shows the surprising links between these seemingly unconnected facts. It argues that tackling the energy and environmental problems of the 21st Century requires three different domains of decision-making to be recognised and connected. Each domain involves different theoretical foundations, draws on different areas of evidence, and implies different policies.

The book shows that the transformation of energy systems involves all three domains - and each is equally important. From them flow three pillars of policy – three quite distinct kinds of actions that need to be taken, which rest on fundamentally different principles. Any pillar on its own will fail.

Only by understanding all three, and fitting them together, do we have any hope of changing course. And if we do, the oft-assumed conflict between economy and the environment dissolves – with potential for benefits to both. Planetary Economics charts how.