13 Oct '11, 3pm

If Kyoto Protocol Dies At COP17 Climate Talks, So Does Our Climate

If Kyoto Protocol Dies At COP17 Climate Talks, So Does Our Climate

"It's the only binding international climate law we've got, with no alternative in sight." Even with the US not ratifying Kyoto, "It's working...Collectively, developed countries that ratified Kyoto are on track to achieve the protocol's target of an average decrease in emissions of 5.2% below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012." "It is helping drive the growth of the renewables industry in Europe and in big developing countries that are covered indirectly by Kyoto's carbon markets. 65% of the projects stemming from Kyoto's clean development mechanism, which allows countries to reduce emissions by investing in projects in developing countries, are focused on renewables ." "It's fair (though it would be far fairer if the US had signed on). Kyoto's first commitment period put the onus of first action on the highest and richest historical emitters . "It represents collective a...

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