Saving the world, plan B

Pearce, Fred
December 2003
New Scientist;12/13/2003, Vol. 180 Issue 2425, p6
This article focuses on crisis surrounding the Kyoto, a treaty designed to hault runaway global warming, with reference to the contraction and convergence (C&C) plan, an alternative to Kyoto for bringing the emissions of greenhouse gases under control, as of December 31, 2003. The idea of C&C has been around for a decade, but lately it has been gaining ever more influential converts, such as the British Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the UN Environment Programme, the European Parliament and the German Advisory Council on Global Change, which last week released a report supporting the idea. For the past two weeks, representatives from around the world have been in Milan, Italy, for COP9, the ninth annual meeting of signatories to the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. Many of them now privately admit that C&C is what we have been waiting for. While Kyoto has become a convoluted, arbitrary and short-term measure to mitigate climate change, C&C could provide a simple, fair, long-term solution. And above all, it is based on science rather than politics.


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