Author Archives: Ruth Greenspan Bell

The Kyoto Placebo


This article is in New Horizons for a Flat World, Winter 2006


Global warming is a stealth issue in U.S. foreign policy. Even as the effects of mounting carbon dioxide (CO2) begin to make themselves felt, and huge multinationals such as General Electric and Shell announce their own plans of action, the U.S. government still acts as if there is no urgency to the task of cutting […]

Perspective: A Course Adjustment for Climate Talks


This article is in Economic Stimulus, Winter 2012


With little hope that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process will produce an effective treaty, at least for the next several years and perhaps longer, are there other paths that could lead to near-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions? One approach, forcefully articulated by Richard Benedick (Issues, Winter 2007), would replace […]

Environmental Policy for Developing Countries


This article is in Can We Cope if the Lights Go Out?, Spring 2002


Most nations lack the infrastructure and expertise necessary to implement the market-based strategies being recommended by the international development banks. Most developing countries have long since established laws and formal governmental structures to address their serious environmental problems, but few have been successful in alleviating those problems. The development banks, which control resources desperately needed […]