Kyoto protocol : a miserable failure, scientists say

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London, Oct 25 (UNI) The Kyoto protocol is a miserable failure as it has produced no demonstrable reductions in emissions or even in anticipated emissions growth, according to a new study.

''The Kyoto protocol as an instrument for achieving emissions reductions, has failed,'' the study published in the journal Nature said.

It further said that climate policy after 2012, when the Kyoto agreement comes to an end, will disintegrate unless a new approach is taken.

According to Gwyn Prins of the London School of Economics and Steve Rayner of Oxford University, the protocol is the wrong tool for controlling emissions, the Independent reported.

''Too often, its failure is blamed on the US and Australia for not signing up to it. The protocol was misconceived from the start because it was based on previous international treaties to protect the ozone layer, to stop acid rain and to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons.'' They added that this borrowing from the past failed to accommodate the complexity of the climate-change issue.

''Kyoto has failed also because it has stifled discussion of alternative policy approaches,'' they said.

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