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Saving Kyoto: An Insider's Guide to What it is, How it Works and What it Means for the Future Paperback – 25 Aug 2009

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (25 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847734316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847734310
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,718,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book of the Month: "fascinating" --Geographical

About the Author

Graciela Chichilnisky has worked extensively in the Kyoto Protocol process, creating and designing the carbon market that became international law in 2005. Professor Chichilnisky acted as a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which received the 2007 Nobel Prize for its work in deciding world policy with respect to climate change. UNESCO Professor of Mathematics and Economics and Director of the Columbia Consortium for Risk Management at Columbia University, she is the author of some 200 scientific articles and 13 books, including Environmental Markets: Equity and Efficiency (Columbia University Press, 2000). Kristen A. Sheeran is Associate Professor of Economics at St Mary's College of Maryland and Interim Executive Director of Economics for Equity and the Environment. She has written many articles on environmental issues and has lectured on climate change.

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Heard the author speak persuasively at the RSA (London). Her credentials for the book are based on her role in the creation of the carbon trading market behind the Kyoto agreement. The book is a tedious re-iteration of "the sky is falling" without any real constructive or credible ideas about how it is likely to be resolved.

Struggled through as much of this as I had the patience to read without learning anything I didn't already know - except that it would probably be a good idea if we stopped emitting so much CO2.

Don't bother!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scenes from the fight to guard the environment 17 April 2010
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If you're looking for an on-the-ground look at one major environmental struggle, "Saving Kyoto" will explain, identify the issues and tell you the consequences of failing to follow the guidelines.

Two economics professors, Graciela Chichilnisky, who worked on the carbon market aspect of the protocols process, and Kristen A. Sheeran, who writes about environmental issues, outline the protocols, which were established by a UN agency and designed to counter climate change and limit the creation of greenhouse gases.

The protocols were first adopted in 1997 and since have achieved acceptance, at varying levels, in about 187 countries. By accepting the protocols, countries agree to lower emissions, through various tactics and policies.

They tell readers about the key players, some of the political battles that led up to the agreement, and the struggles between the rich and poor nations to achieve the goals and assure fair treatment.

This is a sober book, designed to influence people with pure facts, not rhetoric, and to show people the deep science of the economics that underlie the effort to clean up the environment. Though written by two academic experts, its style is easy to understand, if a little on the dull side. You won't walk away ready to man the barricades, but you will be much better informed, and alarmed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Information and timely 31 Dec. 2011
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Outstanding perspective on the CO2 issue facing the planet. We must act now to reduce green house gases as well as find alternative methods to capture and re-purpose.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, not to mention nearly illegible 5 Oct. 2010
By W. Stanley - Published on
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Do publishers really think we need another primer on the climate change problems and possible policy/political responses? From the blurb, I bought this expecting an in-depth analysis of how the Kyoto mechanisms really work, or fail to work. Instead, this book is a superficial, breezy treatment of the problem, Kyoto mechanisms, and post-Bali situation. I learned NOTHING I did not already know as a regular reader of news on the topic. Given all the bragging in the cover copy about the author's credentials in economics and insider status, I expected more. Much more.

Moreover, as a member of the over 50 club, even with a brand new eyeglasses prescription with plenty of add in the bifocal, I could barely read this book because of the tiny print. It was painful, like reading the dosage instructions on a small bottle of generic antihistamine. I understand the need for cost control in publishing, but this book is nearly useless for most people over 45, regardless of its content.
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