I heard rumblings a few weeks ago that the Kyoto Protocol could actually encourage the cutting of old growth and tropical forests. I did not give it too much thought as here in the U.S. there is lots of misinformation flying around about the K.P. However, a Reuter’s article from earlier this week, says there might be something to this concern.
It seems to be the credit system used in the carbon market that needs to be revised. The article is a very interesting read so I recommend you follow the above link to Reuters. Apparently countries that have not already cut their forests are at a real disadvantage in the current carbon market. Certainly the countries of the world that have thus far avoided deforestation need to be rewarded and encouraged rather than penalized.