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[greenyes] Russia Reported to Ratify Kyoto Treaty Today


Moscow 'to sign up to Kyoto protocol'

Paul Brown
Thursday September 30, 2004
The Guardian

The Russian government will today announce that it intends to ratify the
Kyoto protocol, the international treaty designed to curb greenhouse gas
emissions, Russian media said last night.
The Interfax and Itar-Tass news agencies, quoting unidentified government
sources, said a draft law would be approved today.

If the protocol negotiated in 1997 comes into force, it will make cuts in
greenhouse gas emissions legally binding for the developed countries signed
up to it.

Targets to reduce emissions have already been agreed by Europe, Japan and

Ratification of Kyoto will leave President George Bush - who repudiated the
treaty on coming to office - virtually isolated in the developed world. His
only ally is Australia.

The US is responsible for 25% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, but
Mr Bush believes that to cut them would hurt US industry.


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