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Why the Kyoto Protocol Failed and a New Way Forward

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Published on Sep 27, 2011

Steve Rayner, Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University explains why the Kyoto Protocol was destined to fail from the outset. The international treaty to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions was built on insights from three precedents -- ozone depletion, acid rain, and nuclear disarmament -- that turned out to be fatally flawed. Climate change presents an altogether different challenge that requires a fundamentally new way forward. The climate challenge should be decomposed into "bite sized pieces," each with multiple motivations, that can be pursued in parallel: providing universal energy access worldwide; advancing energy technologies through innovation; and building resilience to extreme weather of all kinds. For more, see the "Climate Pragmatism" report, co-authored by Prof. Rayner, at http://bit.ly/ClimatePragmatism

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