Type of practice:
Jordan, A./Rayner, T. (2012), Governing Climate Change: The Challenge of Mitigating and Adapting in a Warming World. Dauvergne, P. (ed.) (2012), The International Handbook of Global Environmental Politics (2e), Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, pp. 222-234.
In international climate politics, the world has moved from an era in which the dominant policy problem was how to reduce emissions (‘mitigation’), to one where this concern has been joined by another of increasing urgency: how to adapt in the face of the growing impacts of climate change (‘adaptation’). The development of policy on any problem requires choices to be made; choices which in turn constantly provoke governance dilemmas, which systems of governance have been established to handle. This chapter explores how the choices and dilemmas in the development of EU climate policy have manifested themselves and been addressed in the past, and how they might present themselves in a new era, when action is increasingly being demanded on both mitigation and adaptation.