Policy context

Section overview

Pages in this section consider the context in which policy is made.

The need for policy

This first part of this section considers why policy is needed to restrict emissions in the first place.

  1. Comparing the limits to the capacity of the atmosphere with the amount of carbon in fossil fuel reserves shows there is a need need to avoid putting the carbon from all of the world’s fossil fuel reserves into the atmosphere

Political constraints and public opinion

The second part of this section  considers factors influencing  political constraints and public opinion.

2.  Looks at how moral views shape people’s perceptions of climate change risk

3.  Looks at how people’s own views shape their perceptions of what other people think.

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