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Can the Kyoto Climate Treaty Be Saved From Itself?

Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 920-921
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.920

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The climate treaty being hammered out this month at The Hague may be doomed to failure, as numerous observers say the United States simply won't ratify any treaty that requires such wrenching reductions in carbon emissions, and if the United States bails out, the protocol is in very deep trouble. Some policy analysts think that by tweaking the rules, the United States could eventually sign on, but if they are tweaked too much, other countries may balk. The key, some say, will be keeping the treaty going now and rethinking its controversial goals later.

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