Climate policy after 2012, when the Kyoto treaty expires, needs a radical rethink. More of the same won’t do, argue Gwyn Prins and Steve Rayner.
The Kyoto Protocol is a symbolically important expression of governments’ concern about climate change. But as an instrument for achieving emissions reductions, it has failed. It has produced no demonstrable reductions in emissions or even in anticipated emissions growth. And it pays no more than token attention to the needs of societies to adapt to existing climate change. The impending United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Bali in December — to decide international policy after 2012 — needs to radically rethink climate policy.
Read Time to ditch Kyoto in this week’s Nature News (no subscription required).