Pittsburgh, but not the World

by Ilias on October 20, 2017 - 1:44pm

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Since Donald Trump entered the office, many American policies radically changed. On June 1st, President Trump announced that the United States will leave the Paris Agreement, as the article written by Michael D. Shear and published the same day “Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement” reported. The 195 countries that signed it agreed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions and to set limit of the raise of the global temperature to 2 °C. It was probably the first time that a united environment movement was accepted globally. However, two years later, Trump pulls out by saying that he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Many countries reacted to the exit of the second-largest polluter in the world. France, Germany and Italy, like many others, said that the deal was not negotiable. The European Union reacted by saying that they are more motivated to change the trend of global warming.

There is a lot that can be dissected from this. There are a lot of specific questions we could ask. How does an agreement like this one works? How can you opt out? What are the specifics of climate change and global warming? How does carbon dioxide participate in it? You can find those answers in academic journals. One of them could be “Carbon & Climate Law Review: CCLR.” It’s all in the name: the articles touch climate change and the laws associated to it. It pretty much covers the subject of these news. If you don’t understand how international agreements and treaties work, you could consult “The American Journal of International Law,” as it gives information about how all of this works. Finally, there’s the “Journal of Climate.” It posts articles about the variations in climate caused by nature, but also by human activity. It could help to grasp the concept of global warming, its causes, and the mechanism of it. So, popular journals like New York Times are helpful to get the big picture of a problem, but if you need specific details, you should find them in peer-reviewed journals.