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  • Global politics

Click to read the article below and then, depending on the examination board you are following, answer one of the questions:

Why politics limits climate ambitions

  • Examine criticisms of two recent climate change conferences

  • Which two factors make co-ordination over action on climate change so challenging?

  • To what extent is international action over climate change doomed to disappoint?

  • To what extent were the Paris and Glasgow climate change conferences a positive step?

  • How useful is the “tragedy of the commons” as a concept to explain why co-ordinating international action is so tough?

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