The Kyoto Protocol has failed in several ways, and not just in its failure to deliver emissions cuts argue Professor Gwyn Prins, director of the Mackinder Centre at LSE, and Professor Steve Rayner, University of Oxford, in their commentary in this week's Nature magazine. The fundamental failing is that it is the wrong tool for the job.
Professors Prins and Rayner are concerned that climate policy after 2012 - when the Protocol expires - risks repeating the same mistake if a 'bigger' version of Kyoto with more stringent targets and timetables is negotiated. Instead the attendees at the Bali conference in December need to radically rethink climate policy.
If Kyoto is a bad investment, then the rational thing to do is cut our losses. To help climate policymakers wipe the slate clean and start again, the authors suggest five elements that they think should be central to the looming round of climate negotiations. These include focusing emissions cuts on the biggest polluters, a bottom-up approach to emissions trading, massively increasing spending on clean-energy technologies and on adapting to the unavoidable consequences of climate change.
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Associated Content (26 November)
Is the Kyoto treaty working out?
Just recently, United Kingdom experts Gwyn Prins, director of the LSE Mackinder Centre and Steve Rayner, James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization wrote an extensive article in Nature about the reasons why the Kyoto treaty should be ditched.
Sydney Morning Herald (1 November)
Dead treaty, but Labor's flogging it
Kyoto is finished, and an article "Time to Ditch Kyoto" by Gwyn Prins from the London School of Economics and Steve Rayner from Oxford University, published this week in the journal Nature, explains why: "As an instrument for achieving emissions reductions [Kyoto] has failed. It has produced no demonstrable reduction 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
New York Times (30 October)
Two news (and very different) roadmaps for climate progress
The Kyoto Treaty set mandatory limits on greenhouse gases for the three dozen industrialized countries that ratified it, but is seen by a growing number of climate and economic experts as a faltering model for effective action to limit global warming. Making that point bluntly, Gwyn Prins of the London School of Economics and Steve Rayner of Oxford University wrote a commentary in the current edition of the journal Nature titled simply "Time to Ditch Kyoto."
Easier.com (30 October)
New Climate Change Bill ignores reality
On Monday 29th October, the Government sets out plans for reducing the UK's 2 per cent contribution to global man-made CO2 emissions in the 'Canutian' style Climate Change Bill. Meanwhile, the ABD applauds the brave efforts of Gwyn Prins of the London School of Economics and Steve Rayner of the University of Oxford, who point out that 'the king has no clothes'.
Crosswalk.com (29 October)
Kyoto Takes Central Stage in Australian Election Campaign
"Kyoto has failed in several ways, not just in its lack of success in slowing global warming, but also because it has stifled discussion of alternative policy approaches that could both combat climate change and adapt to its unavoidable consequences," said Gwyn Prins of the London School of Economics and Steve Rayner of Oxford University.
ADB (29 October)
New Climate Change Bill Ignores Reality
The ABD applauds the brave efforts of Gwyn Prins of the London School of Economics and Steve Rayner of the University of Oxford, who point out that 'the king has no clothes'. Their newly published commentary in the influential weekly science magazine Nature is entitled 'Time to ditch Kyoto'.
Free London Press (29 October)
As the science journal Nature, put it in its lead article last week, Time to Ditch Kyoto.
New Zealand Herald (29 October)
The Herald (27 October)
Return of the eco shoppers
This week Steve Rayner, of Oxford University, and Gwyn Prins, of the London School of Economics, said the Kyoto regime has failed to bring about reductions of greenhouse gases and that a different type of mechanism should be considered before the next UN climate change conference for the next round of negotiations in December.
Mongabay.com (26 October)
Kyoto Protocol is fatally flawed; replacement needed
Gwyn Prins of the London School of Economics and Steve Rayner of Oxford University say that while the need to address rising greenhouse gas emissions is of critical importance, the Kyoto Protocol was a hastily prepared effort that was destined to fail by failing to account for the complexity of the issue.
Nature (25 October)
Time to ditch Koyoto
Climate policy after 2012, when the Kyoto treaty expires, needs a radical rethink. More of the same won't do, argue Gwyn Prins, director of the Mackinder Centre, LSE and Steve Rayner, Oxford University.
Daily Telegraph (25 October)
Kyoto treaty has failed, top scientist says
Climate change is the biggest single global challenge we face, Sir David King, the Government's chief scientist warned as critics called for a rethink of the 'failed' Kyoto climate treaty. Steve Rayner of Oxford University and Gwyn Prins of the London School of Economics say that Kyoto regime has been a failure in bringing about reductions of greenhouse gases and called for a radical rethink before negotiations begin on a successor to Kyoto at a UN meeting in Bali in December.
National Post, Canada (25 October)
Time to ditch Kyoto, experts urge
Carbon Positive, Netherlands (25 October)
'Ditch Kyoto', UK academics argue
The Australian, Australia (25 October)
Australia 'right to reject Kyoto'
The Age, Australia (25 October)
Scientists say Kyoto should be scrapped
Live News.com, Australia (25 October)
Scientists say Kyoto should be scrapped
Spektrumdirect, Germany (25 October)
Kyoto ist tot? Es lebe Bali!
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany (25 October)
'Kyoto ist ein Monster'
In the News (25 October)
Kyoto treaty 'outdated'
Writing in the journal Nature today, Gwyn Prins from the London School of Economics and Steve Rayner from the University of Oxford argue that the protocol is 'elegant but misguided' and said it has always been the 'wrong tool for the job'.
New Scientist (25 October)
Should we ditch the Kyoto protocol?
Easier Finance (25 October)
Calls for clarity after Kyoto
Metro (25 October)
Kyoto 'has failed to cut emissions'
New Kerala, India (25 October)
Koyoto protocol: a miserable failure, scientists say
25 October 2007