Kyoto Countries to Discuss Post-2012 Cuts
In a half step forward for rationale international climate change policy, Kyoto Protocol signatories have agreed to a plan for setting new targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions beyond current commitments to 2012. However, they failed to agree upon a timetable for deciding the level of those cuts. No amount of technology can obviate the need to cut the absolute volume of greenhouse gas emissions going into the atmosphere. Bottom line is all countries are going to have to cut their emissions; and to be fair, the already rich and over-developed countries responsible for the current climate crisis are going to have to make more dramatic cuts than countries with populations struggling to meet basic needs. Again, if the Earth's atmospheric system is to be salvaged, and the global ecological system to remain functional, there is no substitute for rapid and dramatic greenhouse gas reductions. The human family simply must find a way to make this deeply difficult transition to a low-carbon way of living if it is to have a civilized future.