Global Warming

Carbon emission, global warming and the political economy of energy

By Jan-Erik Lane

University of Geneva, Switzerland


I came across global warming for the first tite at a visit to late Aaron and Mary Wildavsky in their Oakland home around 1990. When I raised concern about the future and climate change, the Wildavsky couple reacted strongly, telling me that it was just the Mother of all scares. If environmentalism was more political ideology than merely science – the cornucopian thesis – than how could I be so wrong?

The second time I encountered global warming was during my stay at Fiji Islands where I taught development. I noticed that environmentalism had to be given a much higher priority in state and society. Environmental policy was far more than the hidden agenda of the Left with the Cornucopians. It offers indeed the only way to save the islands from massive litering.

When I settled down in Burma in my wife Mimi’S apartment I began writing small pieces on global warming rather than general environmentalism; as the evidence pointed in one clear direction concerning the former. My first finding was that global warming and energy is practically inseparable, making climate change unstoppable or irreversible  The second finding from reading the global warming debate recognised that a social science perspective simply did not exist. The reason that international cooperation on a Common Pool Regime like the Paris Agreement fails is that global warming presents an Ocean PD game, translating into endless transaction costs.

I apologize for several repetitions from one piece to another, reflecting the urgency of speaking out against the cornucopian rejection of global warming. This collection of papers I dedicate to my Burmese companion into the period of climate change.


1 Global warming: Preventing irreversibility    
2 Climate change is not only GHGs but also economics
3 Is global management of anti-global warming policies at all feasible?
4 Abrupt Climate Change: Time is tight
5 Why Africa needs the COP project badly
6 Management of the Cop21 policies: What is lacking in the Cop21 project
7 Asia and climate change: How it will play out from the Bosporus to Djakarta
8 The beginning of the end of the climate drama
9 How to manage the Cop21 policies?
10 Global warming and the G22 nations: On the failure of the unfccc and chaos theory
11 Energy and emissions on the African continent: Can and will the COP21 treaty be implemented?
12 Can the COP21 stop the rise of CO2s
13 The great drama, global warming and its mechanism
14 Global warming images
15 After Paris a new period mankind
16 Path to carbonization: The new silk road
17 Approaches to climate change: Something is missing
18 The global contradiction of the 21rst century
19 Global warming: Opportunism and defection
20 The international system: Why the United Nations climate change approach has failed
21 Climate change responsibles


About the Author

Born in 1946 in Gothenburg, Jan-Erik Lane was raised in Stockholm and Malmö. He finished his school education in the classics in 1965. At university og Lund and Umeå he took grades in History, Political Science, Economics and Philosophy. He has held tenured positions at Umeå University, Oslo University and Geneva University. Invited as full professor, he has taught at several universities like e.g. Singapore, Hongkong, Cape Town, Rotterdam, and Jerusalem as well as Freiburg in Breisgau.



Date of Publication

June 15, 2020

File Size: 7634 KB
Length: xiii + 330 pages

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