Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kyoto Ushers in a New Age of Action on Global Warming

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Kyoto Ushers in a New Age of Action on Global Warming

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THE Kyoto Protocol on climate change came into force today - seven years after it was agreed.

The protocol aims to slow global warning, with pledges from major industrialised nations to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by 5.2 per cent by 2012.

But the US - behind 25 per cent of emissions - and Australia have opted out of the treaty, while rapidly developing and polluting countries such as China and India have not signed it.

Nevertheless Kyoto, in Japan, held a ceremony to mark the occasion today.

In all, 141 countries, which produce 55 per cent of greenhouse gases, have now ratified the protocol. Climate change experts warn of future extremes of temperature, storms, droughts and floods along with melting glaciers and polar ice caps, if nothing more is done to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmentalists are today planning protests around the world, with many targeting the US. In Australia ice sculptures of kangaroos and koalas were melted in front of parliament buildings to show how the indigenous wildlife was under threat. …

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