Winners & Losers in a Warming World – The Political Economy of Climate Action

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Join experts from WRI’s Climate Program and Governance Center for a conversation on the political economy of climate action.Together, they will draw on real-world examples, from Kenya to Bangladesh, to identify potential coalitions for reform, sources of opposition, as well as laws and institutions that can help accelerate progress towards limiting warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

**Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, World Resources Institute
**Eliza Northrop, Associate II, International Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute
**Jesse Worker, Associate II, Environmental Democracy Practice, World Resources Institute
As global temperatures rise and unprecedented droughts intensify, pressure is mounting on countries to move beyond making climate commitments to translating their pledges into effective action. But achieving the Paris Agreement will require more than technological breakthroughs, like new carbon capture and storage innovations, drought resistant crops and geoengineering. Governments must also tackle daunting political challenges: navigating powerful, competing interests to pass binding legislation, strengthening public institutions’ capacity to implement these policies, directing scarce resources towards mitigation and adaptation programs, as well as shoring up broad-based political support to sustain ambitious climate action across election cycles.

But what obstacles stand in the way of policymakers? What factors drive political behavior and enable successful implementation of climate policies? Who has vested interest in maintaining the status quo, and who has the power to influence decision-making?


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