Post-Kyoto climate policy possible

Although fraught with scientific uncertainty, there is a growing consensus that our planet, probably because of natural forces and climate cycles but very likely reinforced by human emissions of greenhouse gases, is still experiencing a period of gradual warming that has been in progress since the last Ice Age. This long-term trend can be addressed only by similarly long-term initiatives. This article attempts to outline current understanding of the problem, to update the political situation, and to provide some constructive suggestions that may help bridge the gap between rhetoric and reality. Only when the ramifications of both the problem and the proposed solutions are well understood-...

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