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After Kyoto

On 1 January 2013, the world can go back to emitting greenhouse gases with abandon. The pollution-reduction commitments that nations made as part of the Kyoto Protocol will expire, leaving the planet without any international climate regulation and uncertain prospects for a future treaty. Nature explores the options for limiting — and living with — global warming.

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  • After Kyoto

    In this special issue, Nature examines the end of the 1997 Kyoto climate treaty – and the path ahead.

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  • Awash in carbon

    More than ever, nations are powering themselves from abundant supplies of fossil fuels.

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  • Hot air

    Commitments made under the Kyoto climate treaty expire at the end of 2012, but emissions are rising faster than ever.

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  • No going back

    With nations doing little to slow climate change, many people are ramping up plans to adapt to the inevitable.

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  • The Kyoto approach has failed

    Abandon coal, price carbon consumption and look to new technologies for a lasting solution to global emissions, argues Dieter Helm.

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  • Cap and trade finds new energy

    An emerging coalition is implementing carbon trading despite political obstacles. It is rewriting the map of climate diplomacy, says Michael Grubb.

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