11. Prospects after Copenhagen

  1. Daniel D. Perlmutter1 and
  2. Robert L. Rothstein2

Published Online: 1 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch11

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?

How to Cite

Perlmutter, D. D. and Rothstein, R. L. (2010) Prospects after Copenhagen, in The Challenge of Climate Change: Which Way Now?, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328523.ch11

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 2

    Colgate University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654989

Online ISBN: 9781444328523



  • Copenhagen - prospects and aftereffects;
  • global warming, accelerating - time left to act, or obstruct its progress, disappearing;
  • Obama administration, inauguration - stronger US leadership, accepting firm targets and timetables on emissions;
  • major players using other's failure - acting as excuse for its own inaction, with hopes disappointed;
  • global conferencing viability - decisionmaking forum and Copenhagen, no evidences to suggest that doubts need to be revised;
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC);
  • reframing, and its need - in post-Copenhagen era, uncertainty in moving forward;
  • The Good News and the Bad News - failure of Copenhagen, salient negative development;
  • limited public support - for energy and environmental policies, being crucial;
  • stakes of debate on climate change - and its enormity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Costly Failure or Small Success?

  • Reframing the Debate

  • The Good News and the Bad News

  • The China Problem

  • Third World Dilemmas

  • Polarized Politics

  • Notes and References