Monday, November 26, 2012

Has the Kyoto protocol made any difference to carbon emissions?

Bizarre conclusions on the Kyoto protocol from the Guardian's Duncan Clark

Global Emissions' Growth has escalated since Kyoto (source)
Has the Kyoto protocol made any difference to carbon emissions? | Environment |
Overall, the result is that global emissions have showed no sign of slowing down, as the chart below shows. In that sense, the Kyoto protocol has been a failure. But it was unquestionably an important first step in global climate diplomacy. The question is whether a more ambitious second step
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Since Kyoto has signed there has also been a more advanced understanding, albeit a largely ignored advanced understanding, that the accord penalized energy exporters, and generally favoured consuming economies over producing economies.

Bjorn Lomborg recently tweeted a graph using data from the Global Carbon Project (and probably the data from Denmark's submission to the UNFCC).

The picture, of Denmark's performance, provided in Lomborg's graphic is far different than provided in the graphics presented in the Guardian.

Unfortunately, Lomborg's graphic also explains the increased rate of growth in global emissions.

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