North-South’ to local ‘Urban-Rural’: A shifting paradigm in climate governance?

Sethi, Mahendra and Puppim de Oliveira, Jose A., (2015). North-South’ to local ‘Urban-Rural’: A shifting paradigm in climate governance?. Urban Climate, 14(4), 529-543

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    Author Sethi, Mahendra
    Puppim de Oliveira, Jose A.
    Title North-South’ to local ‘Urban-Rural’: A shifting paradigm in climate governance?
    Appearing in Urban Climate
    Volume 14
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2015-12
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher Elsevier B.V
    Start page 529
    End page 543
    Language eng
    Abstract As the world takes an unprecedented rural–urban population tilt, the 21st century poses a challenge in further tinkering the internationally evident disparities in access and allocation of carbon. Traditionally, inequalities have been negotiated from economic or ‘state of development’ perspective. This research, to our knowledge is the first of its kind that plots carbon emission of over 200 nations/territories against a spatial framework. The study argues that existing dualities in the international climate change governance, evident in the so called global ‘North–South’ economic divide, has a stronger component of ‘Urban–Rural’ spatial disparity in the making, which is likely to further precipitate into a much local but complex dynamic, particularly relevant to the developing world, that face the double challenge of rapid urbanization and environmental sustainability. The paper discusses the ethical, empirical and governance gaps in climate governance related to the urban–rural carbon dynamics and conclude with a future pathway, committed to procedural justice and sub-nationalization of carbon governance, fairly acknowledging carbon flows at the local level through standard inventories based on consumption criteria. The research offers a shifting paradigm in global climate governance, in view of the inclusion of cities as Goal 11 within the upcoming sustainable development goals and the UNFCCC COP21 to be held in Paris in 2015 and beyond.
    UNBIS Thesaurus ETHICS
    Keyword Climate governance
    Carbon access and allocation
    Copyright Holder Elsevier Inc
    Copyright Year 2015
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 22120955
    DOI 10.1016/j.uclim.2015.09.009
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