11 Jun '11, 10am

Canada says sayonara to the Kyoto protocol. Could this be a positive move?

Canada confirmed Friday that it will not take on a target under an extension of the Kyoto Protocol following the completion of the first commitment period, 2008-2012. Given that Canada is likely to miss by a wide margin its current target under the first commitment period, this decision may not be surprising, but it is nevertheless important. More striking, it may actually turn out to be a positive and constructive step forward in the drive to address global climate change through meaningful international cooperation. Why do I say that? The current situation The Kyoto Protocol, which essentially expires at the end of 2012, divides the world into two competing economic camps. Emission reductions are required for only the small set of "Annex I countries " (essentially those nations that used to be thought of as comprising the industrialized world). Such reductions will not r...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-06-11-canadas-st...

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