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Revolutions that made the Earth

We're pleased to positive reference to K2 in Revolutions that made the Earth (OUP 2011, ISBN 978-0-19-958704-9), by the distinguished climatologists Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson:

Currently, CO2 and other green house gases are the headline pollution problem. The UN system of international negotiation that produced the Kyoto protocol and foundered in Copenhagen in December 2009 is an attempt to regulate greenhouse gas pollution entering the atmosphere. But it is clearly not up to the task. Out of the mishmash of compromise between different and often conflicting vested interests, emerge targets that are too weak, that are not truly global - when they need to be - and that lack a real mechanism for enforcing them anyway. The question is; what would work better?

Nearly everyone agrees there needs to be a price on CO2 pollution. whether a tax on emissions, sale of permits for emission or sale of permits for fossil fuel extraction (23). These proposals would generate income, which could then be used to further safeguard the assets to be protected ...

(23) O. Tickell, Kyoto2. (Zed Books, London, 2008)

Taken from Chapter 21 "Where Next", Section 21.3.5 "Avoiding a tragedy of the global commons", page 411.


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