The article uses the Kyoto Protocol to ask the question: Are international treaties the best way to regulate something like CO2 emissions? One pundit says no: the more nations that sign on, the weaker the treaty must be, so a better way is international agreement on non-binding goals followed by nation-level or even more local programs to implement them.
Another says that this won't work either, because voluntary standards are hard to track. "But are they really doing them or just claiming they are?" I'm not sure that that directly answers the question: How do you track any agreement?
As we develop policy recommendations for molecular manufacturing, we will have to learn from the success, partial success, and failure of previous attempts to get nations working together for the common good.