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NEWS: Kyoto Protocol Takes Effect.

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 04:35 AM
The Kyoto Protocol became a legally binding treaty at midnight New York time on the morning of the 16th Febuary exactly 90 days after Russia ratified the treaty meaning nations accounting for 55% of greenhouse emissions had ratified. The USA and Australia have refused to sign up.
The Kyoto Protocol, which aims to slow global warming, has come into force seven years after being agreed.
Some 141 countries - who account for about 55% of greenhouse gas emissions - have ratified the treaty, which pledges to cut these emissions by 5.2% by 2012.

However, the US and Australia have abstained for economic reasons, and developing countries such as China and India are outside its framework.

Kyoto, in Japan, is hosting the main ceremony to mark the occasion.

The treaty has come into force 90 days after Russia's crucial decision to ratify it in November 2004.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

141 nations have for the first time come together using practicle means to try and solve a problem that effects the people of entire world. Regardless of the eventual effectiveness of the protocol this treaty marks a high tide mark in our civilisation for never before have so many nations come together in an atmosphere of co-operation for the common good.

That this protocol is enforced without the participation of the U.S.A, the worlds single biggest polluter, should only serve to reveal just how important these measures are that the world is willing to move without a nation responsible for 25% of the words greenhouse gas emissions.

This also puts paid to US state department claims that they wish to lead the world on important issues.

Where is the leadership today ?

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posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 06:39 AM
Well John you know very much the reason as why The US is adamant into following the lead of the rest of the nations in the world.

Is not about jobs or the economy, is all about profiteers and corporations that our administration favor over the realities of what is affecting our fragile earth. Money and profit while endangering employees with slack of safety procedures that comes with the result of lower environmental standards is the priority of the administration right now.


When it comes to deny ignorance people tend to believe anything the government tells, the rest of the world is against the US and they are the evil doers.

posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 06:57 AM
Kyoto ends in 2012. Why did they pick that year? Is it just to cause rumours and speculations, coincidence or something else?

posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 07:17 AM

Originally posted by Hellmutt
Kyoto ends in 2012. Why did they pick that year? Is it just to cause rumours and speculations, coincidence or something else?

Humm...............funny I didn't notice until now, I wonder................also.

posted on Feb, 16 2005 @ 07:21 AM

Originally posted by John bull 1
This also puts paid to US state department claims that they wish to lead the world on important issues.

Where is the leadership today ?

I wonder also where is the leadership but let's see.

More on the Bush administration favoritism of big polluters over the safety of the environment.

New Rule Would Permit Routine Maintenance for Industrial Polluters > The Bush administration modified the Clean Air Act to permit power plants, > refineries and other pollution sources to replace equipment without > installing up-to-date emission-control devices. > > The new rule says that plants can replace up to 20 percent of their > equipment during "routine maintenance" each year without having to modernize > emissions-control systems. Industry groups said the move will make it less > costly for older plants to improve their environmental performance, while > critics said it could permit the nation's oldest and dirtiest plants to > skirt the law.

So as we get sicker due to problems with our air, water and natural resources the administration is making sure that we can not get affordable health care and we will get medicaid cuts.

Today more than 130 million Americans-almost half the population-are exposed to unhealthy air pollution levels. Emissions from power plants are linked to a host of pediatric health problems, from asthma attacks and slowed neurological growth to stunted lung development and neonatal death. Instead of living up to his responsibility to safeguard public health and improve the nation's air quality, President Bush has partnered with industry lobbyists to begin a vast rollback of Clean Air Act protections.

The legacy of the present administration to generations to generations to come making sure our children future is of health problems giving the pharmaceutical industry a favor at the expenses of the American people future generations.

This some of bush records on our environment protections

Unclear Skies. The Bush administration's "Clear Skies" initiative would rewrite the Clean Air Act to benefit some of the nation's biggest polluters while weakening health protections for millions of Americans.

The bush record on our National Parks, has suffered in order to protect private interests.
The bush record on Global warming, Bush administration has make sure that such thing as global warming warnings is a fallacy and a Myth that will never affect the US occurs we are one of the biggest producers of CO2.
Bush record on environmental enforcement, The EPA has for the past 30 years been one of the best agencies to keep the environmental laws in place, since bush administration resources has been taken away from the agency, lest inspectors mean lest sources to find environmental law breakers giving more access to companies to pollute.

With such a record is not wonder the bush administration is not part of the Kyoto Protocol.

posted on May, 14 2005 @ 01:28 AM
I have to say that I support the *SPIRIT* of the Kyoto Accord, but I fear that it is fundamentally flawed in its implementation. At its core is the concept that polluting countries may purchase "credits" from non-polluting countries. However, most non-polluting countries are not non-polluting by choice, they are non-polluting because they are too poor to become industrialized. Kyoto will result in those countries getting the money they need to build great big polluting factories. And the polluters in the already industrialized nations won't stop polluting. Manufacturing is how they make their money, so the requirement to purchase "credits" from developing nations will simply become part of their cost of doing business. But they won't stop polluting.

In my opinion, the Kyoto Accord would have been better for all concerned if each individual country had committed to taxing individual companies operating within that nation, using a tax rate based on pollution generated by that company. The government could then in turn take that tax money and reward the "greenest" companies in the same country. That way each nation gets to keep its money within its own borders, can continue to manufacture, and encourages its own population to pollute less (without encouraging some other country to pollute more).

Think globally, act locally.

[edit on 14-5-2005 by BlinkyWonderPuppy]

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