Journal article

Political leadership on climate change: the role of health in Obama-era US climate policies

Annabelle Workman, Grant Blashki, Kathryn J Bowen, David J Karoly, John Wiseman

Environmental Research Letters | Institute of Physics (IoP) | Published : 2020


Urgent and ambitious climate action is required to avoid catastrophic climate change and consequent health impacts. Political will is a critical component of the ambitious climate action equation. The current level of political will observed for many national governments is considered inadequate, with numerous political leaders yet to commit to climate action commensurate with the projected risks and responsibilities for their respective jurisdictions. Under the leadership of the Obama administration, however, the United States of America arguably provided an example to the contrary. Strategically utilising an available legislative lever, the Obama administration pursued comparatively ambiti..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their time and most helpful feedback, which strengthened the final version of the paper. Annabelle Workman received an Australian Government Research Training Program scholarship and funding from the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges through the University of Melbourne during the conduct of this research.