Does Arctic governance hold the key to achieving climate policy targets?

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2018

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Arctic feedbacks are increasingly viewed as the wild card in the climate system; but their most unpredictable and potentially dangerous aspect may lie in the human, rather than the physical, response to a warming climate. If Arctic policy is driven by agendas based on domestic resource development, the ensuing oil and gas extraction will ensure the failure of the Paris Agreement. If Arctic energy policy can be framed by the Arctic Council, however, its environmental agenda and fragmented governance structure offers the scientific community a fighting chance to determine the region's energy future. Connecting Arctic climate science to resource economics via its unique governance structure is one of the most powerful ways the scientific community can protect the Arctic region's environmental, cultural, and scientific resources, and influence international energy and climate policy.

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© 2018 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd. cc-by

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Arctic governance, climate change, energy politics, environmental policy, feedback loop

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Forbis, R., & Hayhoe, K.. 2018. Does Arctic governance hold the key to achieving climate policy targets?. Environmental Research Letters, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aaa359

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