Friday, November 30, 2012

The Kyoto Protocol: Hot air : Nature News & Comment

Aside from submitting to the tendency to cheer every failed emissions policy as a noble and necessary misstep taken on the proper path, this is an excellent article on surging emissions after the Kyoto protocol was signed.

The Kyoto Protocol: Hot air : Nature News & Comment:
...reductions made under the treaty were dwarfed by the rise in emissions not covered by the accord, especially in Asia. Since 2000, CO2 emissions in China have nearly tripled to almost 10 billion tonnes, and those in India have doubled to around 2 billion tonnes.
The rise in Asian emissions is partly a result of the migration of heavy industry from developed nations to developing countries, which make products that then get shipped back to wealthy nations. Between 1990 and 2010, the emissions embodied in such products grew by an average of 10% per year — to an annual total of 1.4 billion tonnes — surpassing the total emissions reductions achieved under Kyoto, says Glen Peters, a climate-policy researcher at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research — Oslo. The gains made by the treaty were therefore deceptive, says David Victor, an energy-policy researcher at the University of California, San Diego. The treaty, he adds, was based on “dubious economic assumptions and flawed accounting systems”.
Read the entire article at Nature News & Comment:

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