INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL DIMENSIONS OF GLOBAL WARMING (A BRIEF REVIEW)
Kamna Jain and B.D. Joshi*
Deptt. of Political Science, S.S.D.P.G. College, Roorkee, Hardwar
*Dptt. Of Zoology & Environmental Sciences, Gurukula Kangri University, Hardwar, 249404.
The phenomenon of climate change and global warming now are mainstream issues of international political agenda and programs. It has become clear that the phenomenon is not merely a technical or natural phenomenon, but politico-economic issue with socio-political implications at all levels of global to local governance. Indeed some may argue that few long term problems among international affairs are more important than this one. However, erratic climatic patterns as are being realized throughout the world have started impacting to myriad aspects of socio-economic to politico- environmental dimensions of common man. As a consequence apart from the Govts. of world nations common people too, are feeling deep involvement towards causes and remedial measures to check the current trends of global warming. Some questions arising to resolve the issue are : How has the discussion on climate change affected common man? How does this problem and other environmental issues more generally, challenge the international relation theory ? How does the international climate politics influence domestic politics and development planning’s and vice versa? What are the legal, ethical and political implications of the uneven distribution of the impacts of climate change? Negotiations to date including the most recent one held at Copenhagen accord have revealed serious divisions on interests among the stake holders of which those dividing North & South and developed, developing and underdeveloped countries are quite conspicuous. One reason to delay follow up of hard decisions, is because no country head has a will power to impose restrictions to curb inflated energy consumption of its people during their stewardship, for political reason. It is suggested that the best prospects for building an effective long term regime can arise from seeking to develop a non-traditional alliances across the north-south divide, so as to form a central coalition that more reluctant states will have to accept, ultimately. This brief review presents just a glimpse of the existing international projections towards the phenomenon of global warming, more than the text one has to read between the lines, understand and interpret.
Keywords: global warming, politico-economic issue, governance