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Climate change crisis

The climate change treaty negotiated at Kyoto in 1997 has been ratified by 172 nations.

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Is Kyoto the right approach to tackling climate change?
But some experts argue that as an instrument for achieving emissions reductions it has failed.

Making such an assertion may invite the wrath of environmentalists, who argue that Kyoto would have been far more successful if only the United States had played a greater part in making it work.

But Professor Gwyn Prins from the London School of Economics believes that President Bush was right to refuse to go down the Kyoto road. And he's arguing that a radical new approach has to be adopted at the G8 summit this summer in Japan in Hokkaido.

He told us why he believes there is a crisis in climate change policy.

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