Friday, November 17, 2006

UN to Set Post Kyoto Cuts in 2008

Delegates at the international conference on climate change have agreed to set a timetable to cut greenhouse gas emissions after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012 during meetings in 2008. The announcement came on the last day of the two week conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Among the provisions for the timetalbe is an agreement not to force mandatory cuts in the greenhouse gas emissions of developing nations like China - a move that is fair will likely cause continued resistance from President Bush in cutting US emissions.

3 comments:

wilson61 said...

Countries agree to review Kyoto

By DENNIS BUECKERT

NAIROBI, Kenya (CP

...Environmentalists were disappointed with the outcome of the conference, saying it did not recognize the need for urgent action.

"Nairobi allows the process to move forward, but there is still no clear timeline for sealing the deal on Kyoto II," said Stephen Guilbeault of Greenpeace Canada.

However, Guilbeault added that Canadian negotiators showed good will in the talks.

"We didn't get the feeling that these guys were under instructions to sink the thing like they were clearly the last time around," he said, referring to the last Kyoto meeting in Bonn last year. "I think the government's position has evolved somewhat.

"I think the negotiators have been negotiating in good faith, most of them, and I think it needs to be recognized." ...

...***Canada's decision to abandon its emissions-cutting targets under the existing treaty was NEVER DISCUSSED ON THE CONFERENCE FLOOR, although it was raised at side events by environmentalists and by French environment minister Nelly Olin.

Ambrose was the target of persistent criticism from environmentalists and opposition MPs through the conference, but she said there had been a great deal of misinformation about Canada's position, and the record had been set straight...''

OttawaCon said...

You clearly don't recongnize a fiasco when you see one. The agreement was "a preliminary agreement to meet again in 2008 to set a timetable to cut greenhouse gas emissions." In other words, a complete deferral, with the only firm outcome being that the world's second largest emitter received assurances that will act as a roadblock to the world's largest emitter taking on a carbon constraint.

If it was at all serious, it would have been a 2007 agenda item.

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