Kyoto Protocol Archives - State of the Planet

Beyond Carbon: How Fixing the Ozone Layer Contributes to Climate Change

The greenhouse effect is not all about carbon dioxide. Several other substances, such as water vapor and methane, also play a key part in trapping radiation. Recently, a family of relatively obscure chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, has entered the spotlight due to its role in global warming. HFCs are highly potent greenhouse warmers –… read more

by |August 10, 2010

When High Hopes Make Little Sense: Why the Hartwell Paper Fails to Deliver

Earlier this year, 14 energy academics, analysts and advocates gathered with hopes of reinventing the way the international community treats climate policy. The result, The Hartwell Paper: A new direction for climate policy after the crash of 2009, aims to examine “all aspects of the crisis which enveloped global climate policy” last December during the… read more

by |June 16, 2010