Kyoto goes into effect tomorrow. You kind of think you generally know what it’s about, but you’re not really clear on the details. I feel your pain. Luckily, Bruce Sterling’s latest Viridian Note — “Ten Gallons of Kyoto” — tells you everything you need to know. And I mean everything, all ten gallons of it. I must quote his intro:

Let’s face it: it’s a big deal that Kyoto has come into force in February 2005. People who are genuinely serious about the Greenhouse issue need some kind of nodding acquaintanceship with the ins and outs of this multilateral national agreement. The following analysis and history was written by Canadian enviros, so at least it seems to be factual and objective, and it lacks the contemptuous, fraudulent bullying and panic-stricken, handwringing qualities typical of every mention of Kyoto in contemporary American media. Therefore I’ve dumped the thing here in its entirety.

By the way, Sterling is cool, and Veridian is cool, and I don’t know why I don’t link over there more often. I’m gonna start.

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