Explainer: The Kyoto Protocol

A major disagreement in UN-led climate talks has, for years, been what to do with the Kyoto Protocol. So what is it? What are its mechanisms and mandates? And what should happen next?

(Reuters) - Delegates at major UN-led climate talks in South Africa are struggling over how to step up efforts to curb the growth in greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are heating up the planet, raising sea levels and disrupting weather patterns.

A major disagreement is what to do with the Kyoto Protocol, the world's main climate pact, which binds nearly 40 industrialised nations to emissions targets until end-2012.

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