Steps to overcome the North–South divide in research relevant to climate change policy and practice

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Author list: Koller S
Publisher: Nature Research (part of Springer Nature)
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Nature Climate Change (1758-678X)
Volume number: 7
Issue number: 1
Start page: 21
End page: 27
Number of pages: 7
ISSN: 1758-678X
eISSN: 1758-6798
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


A global North–South divide in research, and its negative consequences,
has been highlighted in various scientific disciplines. Northern
domination of science relevant to climate change policy and practice,
and limited research led by Southern researchers in Southern countries,
may hinder further development and implementation of global climate
change agreements and nationally appropriate actions. Despite efforts to
address the North–South divide, progress has been slow. In this
Perspective, we illustrate the extent of the divide, review underlying
issues and analyse their consequences for climate change policy
development and implementation. We propose a set of practical steps in
both Northern and Southern countries that a wide range of actors should
take at global, regional and national scales to span the North–South
divide, with examples of some actions already being implemented.


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