Quotation Stoddard, Isak, Anderson, Kevin, Capstick, Stuart, Depledge, Joanna, Facer, Keri, Hache, Frédéric, Hoolohan, Claire, Hultman, Martin, Hällström, Niclas, Kartha, Sivan, Klinsky, Sonja, Kuchler, Magdalena, Lövbrand, Eva, Nasiritousi, Naghmeh, Newell, Peter, Peters, Glen, Sokona, Youba, Spash, Clive L., Stirling, Andy, Stilwell, Matthew, Williams, Mariama. 2021. Three decades of climate mitigation: Why haven’t we bent the global emissions curve? Annual Review of Environment and Resources. 46 (Oct), 653-689.


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Despite three decades of political efforts and a growing body of research on the causes and potentially catastrophic impacts of climate change, global carbon dioxide emissions have continued to rise and are 60% higher today than they were in 1990. Drawing on research across the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, nine thematic ‘lenses’ are formulated that explore possible reasons for this ongoing failure to bend the global emissions curve. The role of power, vested interests, narrow techno-economic mindsets and a neglect of equity emerge as key impediments across the reviewed literature. Topics covered include international climate governance, energy-systems, geopolitics, militarism, the fossil fuel industry, economics, financialization, mitigation modelling, inequity, high-carbon lifestyles and dominant social imaginaries. Delivering on the commitments enshrined in the Paris Agreement now requires a rapid and unprecedented transformation away from the dominant development paradigm and its carbon and energy-intensive incumbencies.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Annual Review of Environment and Resources
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Three decades of climate mitigation: Why haven’t we bent the global emissions curve?
Volume 46
Number Oct
Year 2021
Page from 653
Page to 689
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-environ-012220-011104
DOI https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-012220-011104
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/10.1146/annurev-environ-012220-011104

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Spash, Clive L. (Details)
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Anderson, Kevin ((2) Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Engineering, University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Capstick, Stuart ((3) Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation, School of Psychology, Cardiff University, United Kingdom)
Depledge, Joanna ((4) Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund University, Sweden)
Facer, Keri ((6) School of Education, University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
Hache, Frédéric (Green Finance Observatory, Belgium)
Hällström, Niclas ((9) What Next?, Sweden)
Hoolohan, Claire ((2) Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, School of Engineering, University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
Hultman, Martin ((8) Department of Technology Development and Management, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
Kartha, Sivan (Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden)
Klinsky, Sonja ((11) School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, United States/USA)
Kuchler, Magdalena ((1) Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden)
Lövbrand, Eva ((12) Department of Thematic Studies Environmental Change, Linköping University, Sweden)
Nasiritousi, Naghmeh ((13) Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden)
Newell, Peter ((15) Department of International Relations, University of Sussex, United Kingdom)
Peters, Glen ((16) CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Oslo, Norway)
Sokona, Youba (The South Centre, Switzerland)
Stilwell, Matthew ((19) Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development, United States/USA)
Stirling, Andy ((18) Science Policy Research Unit, Business School, University of Sussex, United Kingdom)
Stoddard, Isak ((1) Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden)
Williams, Mariama (The South Centre, Switzerland)
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Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
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