How are international environmental agreements enforced?



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    Right now, international environmental agreements are pretty much self-enforcing. The UN tends not to have a whole lot of policing power–that pesky bit about national sovereignty often gets in the way. Sometimes, there are threats of enforcing economic sanctions against rogue nations written into the treaty, but these usually are never actually employed as sanctions can be a double-edged sword. In the Kyoto Protocol, noncomplying nations may receive a reduction in their next emissions quota for the next period. Although, this hasn’t been all that effective either judging by the fact that near to no countries are on track to meet their emissions targets from Kyoto.

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