The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


Global Commons Institute
Definition: An organization founded in the UK in 1990 to promote equitable ways to tackle climate change. Their key idea is the Contraction and Convergence framework, which proposes a mechanism for reducing GHG emissions by implementing per capita rights to pollute that could be traded between countries.

The idea is to give the more-populous, less-developped countries per-person credits to emit GHGs that they could then sell to the more highly developped but less populous countries that have more need for them.


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