9 J. High Tech. L. 1 (2009)

handle is hein.journals/jhtl9 and id is 1 raw text is: TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE:
Alexander Adam*
Cite as 9 J. HIGH TECH. L. 1 (2009)
[T]here should not be, nor need be, any policy contradiction between
upholding and safeguarding an open, non-discriminatory and equitable
multilateral trading system on the one hand, and acting for the protection of the
environment, and the promotion of sustainable development on the other[.]
- WTO Ministerial Decision on Trade and Environment1
1. Introduction
On October 12, 2007, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and
disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the
foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.2
Although global climate change has been at the forefront of scientific, political,
and legal discussion since the end of the twentieth century, 2007 marked a
high-point in public attention to the issue. Unequivocally, the discussion
shifted from whether global warming is occurring to what can (and should) be
done now to mitigate its effects.3
In a 2000 special report, the IPCC acknowledged the essential role of
technological innovation and the rapid and widespread transfer and
implementation of technologies to stabilize and reduce greenhouse gas
(GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere.4         The report states that the
* Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, I.D. candidate 2009, Suffolk University Law
1. Final Act Embodying the Results of the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, Apr. 15,
1994, 33 I.L.M. 1125 (1994), archived at http://www.webcitation.org/5at0zukG2.
2. Norwegian Nobel Committee, The Nobel Peace Prize for 2007, NOBEL FOUNDATION, Oct. 12, 2007,
archived at http://www.webcitation.org/5atl IGPI F.
3. Id. (Action is necessary now, before climate change moves beyond man's control.), Arthur Max,
UN Panel Gives Dire Warming Forecast, ASSOCIATED PRESS, Nov. 18, 2007 (Only urgent, global action will
do, quoting U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commenting on the IPCC 4th assessment report).

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