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Thirty Kyotos Needed to Control Warming

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Science  19 Dec 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5346, pp. 2048
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5346.2048

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When exhausted delegates emerged from round-the-clock negotiations in Kyoto, Japan, last week with a global agreement to curb emissions of heat-trapping gases, some observers hailed the deal as a diplomatic miracle. Climate scientists say, however, that it will be miraculous indeed if the Kyoto pact even temporarily slows the accumulation of warming gases in the atmosphere. The cuts are too small and are likely to be overwhelmed by developing nations, they say.