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Recklessly slow or a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy? Time to decide

Stronger action is required from developing countries, even if developed countries were to reduce their emissions to zero by 2030, according to this paper by Mattia Romani, James Rydge and Nicholas Stern. The overall pace of change is characterised as ‘recklessly slow’. The paper criticises the rigidity of the processes under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as well as the behaviour and narrow-mindedness of the participants. It highlights the deep inequity of rich countries becoming wealthy on high carbon growth and poor countries being hit the hardest by climate change. Therefore, developed countries need act radically and support developing countries’ transitions to low carbon growth and development paths. Equitable access to sustainable development is identified as a concept that, with strong leadership, has great potential to bridge the gap and build partnerships between countries, creating the opportunity and scope to accelerate global action.