2005-12-01

Intolerance: Kyoto Begins, USA & Oz Excepted

The controversial 'Kyoto Protocol', aiming to cut 'Greenhouse Gas' emissions, became fully operational after an 'UN' climate conference adopted the final rules. The 34 signatory countries -- which do not include The United States of America or Australia -- passed the final regulatory measures by consensus at the Montreal conference.
'"The Kyoto Protocol" is now fully operational. 'This is an historic step,' said conference chairman Mr.Stephane Dion, Canada's environment minister.
Under the 'Kyoto Protocol', the 34 agree to limit emissions of gases that cause 'Global Warming' until 2012. The Montreal conference is trying to set out preliminary plans to further cut emissions when the accord ends. 'The Kyoto Protocol' was negotiated in 1997 and formally entered into force on 2005-02-16. However, it could not come into operation until after the formal adoption of the rulebook, which was drawn up over the past four years. The signatories hammered out a mechanism for trading pollution rights. The final rules also eased pollution standards by allowing countries to take into account carbon dioxide produced by growing trees. A separate system setting out sanctions for those who breach the protocol should be adopted before the 12-day conference ends on 2005-12-09.
'I am absolutely confident that the compliance system will be adopted next week,' said Mr.Richard Kinley, acting head of the 'UN climate change secretariat'.
Despite the troubles hounding efforts to restrict pollution, the 'UN climate secretariat' hailed the new step taken at the conference and the launch of emissions trading.
'Carbon now has a market value. 'Under the clean development mechanism, investing in projects that provide sustainable development and reduce emissions makes sound business sense,' Mr.Kinley said.
Under the mechanism, developed countries can invest in other developed countries, particularly in central and eastern Europe, to earn carbon allowances which they can use to meet their emission reduction commitments at home. Industrialised nations can also invest in 'sustainable development projects' in developing countries to earn extra pollution allowances. On Wednesday 2005-11-30, the conference debated a new proposal by Papua New Guinea to allocate carbon allowances to developing countries which combat deforestation. The proposal was welcomed by Canada and Britain, and also Brazil, where deforestation is a huge problem. The United States of America and Australia, which refused to ratify the protocol to the 'UN' framework convention on climate change, attended 2005-11-30 Wednesday's session as observers. Washington criticised the treaty, which called for reductions by six per cent of emissions from the USA's 1990 levels, saying the reductions applied more stringently to developed countries than to developing ones. The United States of America opposed on 2005-11-29 any talk of extending Kyoto-style limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Mr.Harlan Watson, head of the US American delegation, said US Americans did not want an approach that includes objectives or a timetable to reduce emissions.
'The United States is opposed to any such discussions,' Mr.Watson said.
Washington has, since 2002, embarked on a voluntary policy to reduce its emissions by 18 per cent without harming the US American economy, he said. The United States of America, with five per cent of the world's population, emits 25 per cent of the world's greenhouse gases. 'Kyoto climate accord becomes operational', Yahoo! News, 2005-11-30, 21:26 We

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US should be ashamed of themselves. They have become that evil empire they used to fight against

12/12/2005 12:02:00 am  

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