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A Political Theory for Our Time


Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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Global Warming: with a View to the 2015 UN World Conference in Paris



Roberto PALEA

A worrying record was set in 2013. According to the UN World Meteorological Organization, in 2013 the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a very high peak. These are only the latest data, which add to the critical scenario described by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the UN body on global warming consisting of approximately 2,000 scientists from 160 countries around the world1.

In its increasingly alarmed periodic reports, the IPCC continues to warn us that global warming, resulting from mankind’s higher and higher consumption of fossil fuels and increasing CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, is likely to exceed the “threshold of irreversibility” within ten year, (which is marked by the increase in global average temperature by 2°C this century) if strong and rapid action is not taken at the global level, and it will put on risk the very survival of the human species.

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