Quote from a Nature piece, talking about the design problems of the Kyoto Protocol. The piece was part of a special issue in Nature that examines the 1197 treaty and the way ahead.
More quotes from the series.
"Just a decade ago, 'adaptation' was something of a dirty word in the climate arena...As progress to reduce emissions has slowed in most countries, there has been a turn towards adaptation...For both wealthy and poor nations, the challenge is to convince people to act before it is too late (Adapting to a warmer world: not going back)."
"The main problem with the Kyoto approach is that it does not address the
carbon footprint — carbon consumption. A country's (and an
individual's) carbon footprint is best measured by looking at the carbon
embedded in the goods and services that each consumes... Instead of taking a top-down approach that requires global agreement,
climate-change policies can be constructed from the bottom up using
three key building blocks: putting a tax on carbon consumption;
switching from coal to gas as quickly as possible; and boosting spending
on new energy technologies (Climate policy: the Kyoto approach has failed)."