Can UN fix climate crisis?

Posted by: Global Perspectives

Date: Monday, 23 September 2019


Editor's note

Today world leaders will gather in New York for the United Nations' Climate Action Summit. The UN’s Secretary General António Guterres is calling on world leaders to come with concrete and realistic plans to bring their national net carbon emissions down to zero by 2050. Some will be hoping for enormous breakthroughs. But Marc Hudson, looking back at the past 30 years of UN engagement with its member states on climate change, cautions against expecting too much from this summit

Natasha Joseph

Assistant Editor: News and Research and Science & Technology Editor

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Is the UN’s climate process fit for purpose? Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock

Don’t bet on the UN to fix climate change – it’s failed for 30 years

Marc Hudson, University of Manchester

The history of the UNFCCC shapes what is and isn't possible today.

Politics + Society

Why raising the minimum age for marriage is not enough for Indonesia to put an end to child brides

Nadira Irdiana, Universitas Indonesia

Raising the minimum age for Indonesian women to marry to 19 years is important, but on its own is not enough to reduce rates of child marriage.

Moscow’s municipal elections illustrate the growing political crisis in Russia

Regina Smyth, Indiana University

The Moscow elections of September 2019 were a referendum on President Vladimir Putin's ruling party. And the opposition's success suggests a looming political crisis for Putin and his regime.

Taking back the hills: a tale of women rights and lands in the Catalan Pyrenees

Federica Ravera, Universitat de Vic – Universitat Central de Catalunya

In the Catalan Pyrenees, women shepherds and cattle ranchers try to valorise the ancestral agropastoral culture to save the mountains from climate change.

Indonesia ‘discards’ its capital Jakarta for a new one, but we can’t just dispose of cities

David D. Sussman, Tufts University

Shifting the capital of Indonesia and other countries may actually send the wrong message that cities too can be discarded.

Science + Technology

Researchers develop a promising new ‘Trojan horse’ treatment for multiple sclerosis

Josef Buttigieg, University of Regina

A promising new approach to treating MS tricks defective immune cells into thinking they are attacking the body, when they are in fact being attacked themselves.

Something is killing galaxies, and scientists are on the case

Toby Brown, McMaster University

The first ever Canadian-led large project on one of the world's leading telescopes will investigate how the birth and death of galaxies are affected by their environment.

En français

Aux Mureaux, rencontre avec une jeunesse engagée

Manon Ott, Université d’Evry – Université Paris-Saclay

Comment vit-on dans ces anciennes banlieues ouvrières en mutation ? Comment s’y engage, ou non, la jeunesse actuelle ? Un documentaire explore un pan méconnu de la banlieue des Mureaux. Extraits.

Les excédents pétroliers atténuent les conséquences des attaques contre l’Arabie saoudite

Philippe Chalmin, Université Paris Dauphine – PSL

L’attaque des installations de la compagnie saoudienne Aramco, le 14 septembre, ne devrait pas conduire à une hausse des prix à court terme. Explications.

En español

Nuevas elecciones en España: ¿fracaso u oportunidad?

Eduardo Moyano Estrada, Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA - CSIC)

Una vez tomada la decisión de ir a las urnas el 10 de noviembre, hay que confiar en que sean una oportunidad para que se clarifique el mapa político.

Leonard Cohen, el monje que amaba a las mujeres

Zuleyma Guillén González, Universidad de La Laguna

El 21 de septiembre de 1934 nacía Leonard Cohen y este 2019 hubiese cumplido 85 años. Analizar su obra es darse cuenta de cómo intentó aunar la espiritualidad y la sensualidad como dos conceptos complementarios.


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