Russia, Europe, and Kyoto

The 9th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change opened in Milan last week to news of a setback to the Kyoto Protocol. The Dec. 1-12 meeting, called COP9, addressed practical problems of implementing the international agreement to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). As the meeting began, however, odds drooped that the protocol will take effect.A senior Russian official on Dec. 2 confirmed in Moscow what President Vladimir Putin had indicated 2 months earlier: that Russia won't ratify the Kyoto agreement. The official, Putin adviser Andrei Illarionov, explained that Kyoto commitments would limit Russian economic growth. With the US refusing to rat...

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