A British protestor ahead of the Doha climate change conference (photo: Adela Nistora/Demotix/Corbis)

The Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the most significant attempt so far to shield us from the effects of man-made global warming, expires on 31st December. We need a successor. Since the 1997 Kyoto agreement, scientists and engineers have developed new ways to use energy more efficiently. But these changes won’t be enough without a more ambitious global deal than we’ve had before.

It’s hard to overestimate the importance of the…

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