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19 Colo. J. Int'l Envtl. L. & Pol'y 319 (2008)
Climate Change Crisis - Struggling for Worldwide Collective Action

handle is hein.journals/colenvlp19 and id is 325 raw text is: Climate Change Crisis -
Struggling for Worldwide
Collective Action
Lisa Schenck*
Global climate change due to increased levels of atmospheric
greenhouse gases caused by human activity has the potential to threaten
life on earth. International cooperation is required to effectively address
this threat; however the climate crisis represents a classic collective
action problem in response to overexploitation of a global commons.
This article explains the global climate change issue, traces efforts to
confront it, and argues that inherent difficulties plague collective
responses to global commons problems. It pinpoints individual reasons
for collective action failures, examines background economic and
scientific problems, and analyzes how group factors such as strategy and
coalition building affect cooperation. Finally, the article overviews how
ambiguous international environmental law principles may further hinder
global solutions to the climate crisis and suggests a series of best
practices for future negotiations.
* B.A. (Providence College), J.D. (Notre Dame Law School), M.P.A (Fairleigh
Dickenson Univ.), LL.M. (The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center & School, U.S.
.Army), LL.M. (Yale Law School), J.S.D. (Yale Law School). The author has served as a
Sr. Appellate Military Judge for the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals and Asst.
Professor of Constitutional and military law at the U.S. Military Academy. She has also
published numerous articles on environmental, Constitutional, and military law, in
addition to authoring numerous legal opinions. The author would like to thank Professors
Daniel C. Esty and Susan Rose Ackerman of Yale Law School for their assistance and

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