Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Russia decides not to ratify Kyoto

It looks like the Kyoto protocol on climate change will not now come into legal force because of the failure of enough countries with enough emissions to ratify it. With the USA having refused to ratify it, the accord needed to be approved by just about all the other main emissions producers. Russia's decision makes that impossible.

A messy way for the treaty to fall, but not one that will be missed, I believe, in the long-term. There are far better ways to deal with climate change, especially when the science around greenhouse gases is still up-in-the-air, no pun intended.

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Russia pulls away from Kyoto pact

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