Deal Struck at Kyoto

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After 11 days of negotiation, the industrialized nations have hammered out a deal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to between 6 and 8 percent below 1990 levels. So now we can forget about global warming, right? Wrong. As TIME science correspondent Michael Lemonick points out, it'll take a cut 10 times that size to stop the planet from overheating.

"The agreement will do almost nothing to slow down greenhouse gases," says Lemonick. "We are doomed to global warming what we're arguing about is how much, and when."

How much: a rise in temperature of between 10 and 20 degrees. When: sometime before the year 2100. That's if nothing is done. And if Trent Lott has his way, nothing will be. "The Senate will not ratify a flawed climate treaty," said the majority leader Wednesday, referring to exemptions for China and other developing nations. But in the light of a century of skin cancers and shrinking coastlines, Lott's objections may seem petty. If the world's largest polluter doesn't lead by example, some might ask, who will?