Climate Change, Global threat, Geopolitical competition, US & China, and Mitigation policies
Climate Change is represented as an epic threat. At face value, Geo-politics is seen as a quintessential, zero-sum game between the powerful and powerless.Climate change forecasts under a "business as usual" emissions scenario point to an average global warming of 2.4 – 6.4°C by the end of the century. This article discusses the political measures required to address the empirical climate change challenge and the current climate science demands (a carbon-neutral world by 2050). Among a variety of domestic and international players, US and China are specifically most suited to spearhead effective climate change politics. The exploration will be fundamental in figuring out what is the best blend of hard, soft, and smart power expected to adapt to current just as unexpected future difficulties. While it analyses that the powers (US & China) performed poorly in climate change mitigation action so how does climate change effects the geopolitics of these powers? The lack of a new political agreement on material power structures, normative views, and the administration of order among the major powers, in addition to the politics of the climate change issue itself, is to blame for the negotiations' slow progress. The article goes on to say that if these arguments are essentially true, the field of international relations needs to concentrate much more on the climate challenge, reconnect with its state-related philosophical traditions, and support the cultivation of a particular attitude or mindset in the discipline's research and teaching for the ensuing decades: a fierce optimism.
December 27, 2022
Department of Political Science, Government College University Lahore