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It is possible to accept the findings of the intergovernmental panel on climate change that global warming is a reality, and has a big man-made element; and also to believe that Kyoto is not the right answer

By Dick Taverne   August 2005

To most of the media, and even some senior scientists, the debate about global warming is over. It has been clearly established to their satisfaction by the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) that the world is heating at an alarming rate and that the main cause is the rise in man-made greenhouse gases, primarily CO2. We must therefore act now, the argument goes, to implement the Kyoto protocol and follow it up in 2012 with much more drastic cuts in CO2 emissions when Kyoto stage one comes to an end. By 2050, emissions must be reduced to a level…

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