GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE is one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. Because of the use of coal, oil, and gas for energy and the loss and degradation of forests, our planet is warming faster than at any time in the last several thousand years. We have already experienced warming temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and sea-level rise. These disruptive forces have severe effects on economies, environment, and society of humankind. Nonetheless, the climate challenge may at the same time be viewed as an enormous opportunity for a significant economic change. It is quite evident that the United Nations (UN), by implementing a number of notable conventions and treaties, assumes a key role to play in a wide range of activities concerned with understanding, ...

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