Beyond Kyoto A New Global Climate Certificate System

Lutz Wicke 
Springer  2005  

Hardcover  XXXII + 320 pp.  ISBN 9783540224822      £83.00
With a sub-title Continuing Kyoto Commitsments or a Global 'Cap and Trade' Scheme for a Sustainable Climate Policy? and an additional section (VIII.C) covering "Legal feasibility of the GCCS" by Jürgen Knebel, this balanced analysis presents news from the 'climate protection front'. On the downside, neither the current 'KyotoProtocol' Climate Protection System with (legally binding) commitments by major countries to reduce or limit their greenhouse gas emissions nor various proposals for improving the commitment system are capable of meeting the ultimate objective 'to prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system'. On the upside, by implementing the GCCS, it appears that the ultimate climate protection objective quoted can be achieved, that developing and newly industrialized countries can be integrated into the protection system by installing a 'fair system' based on the democratic principle of 'one man one climate emission right', and that no industrialized nation nor its consumers of fossil fuels will be overburdened. Just like all proposed climate protection schemes, extremely high hurdles will have to be overcome when implementing the GCCS. However, thanks to its important merits and its structural elements, there exists still a small chance that mankind will manage to prevent dangerous climate change.

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