Latest Kyoto Stories

2005-06-28 16:39:45

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - Power giant UES signed Russia's firstprojects under the Kyoto pact's investment rules on Tuesday, inwhat it hopes is a step to cutting greenhouse gas emissions andraising cash for the aging electricity sector. The projects are themselves small as they cost the Danishgovernment 20 million euros ($24.25 million) for a yearlysaving of 1.21 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, but aredesigned to show the potential of Russia for Kyoto investors. Under the...

2005-06-30 15:22:37

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- President Bush said in a Danish TV interview aired Thursday that adhering to the Kyoto treaty on climate change would have "wrecked" the U.S. economy. "Kyoto would have wrecked our economy. I couldn't in good faith have signed Kyoto," Bush told the Danish Broadcasting Corp., noting that the treaty did not include other nations - including India and China - that he called "big polluters." Earlier, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said climate change was likely...

2005-05-16 17:15:13

SEATTLE (AP) -- Despite President Bush's resistance to the Kyoto global warming pact, more than 130 mayors in the United States have applied the agreement's standards in a bid to reduce America's carbon dioxide emissions, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said Monday. Concerned by several warm winter days in his own city, Nickels said he appealed to mayors across the country in February when the global treaty was enacted without the participation of the United States - the largest emitter...

2005-02-18 14:04:19

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- In another jab at its closest ally, Britain criticized U.S. environmental policy again on Thursday, urging the Bush administration to place climate change high on its agenda. At a U.N. event marking the entry into force of the Kyoto accord on global warming, Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Sir Emyr Jones Parry, said it was "important that climate change rises up the US agenda." He called for a "strong U.S. contribution" to international talks on cutting...

2005-02-15 07:30:00

NEW YORK (AP) -- After seven politically painful years, the Kyoto Protocol finally enters into force on Wednesday, reining in industrial emissions of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases" in a first attempt to control climate change. The global pact negotiated in 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, remains a small step, potentially eliminating only one-tenth of a projected 30 percent rise in worldwide emissions between 1990 and 2010. Its supporters already are looking beyond it, toward bigger steps...

2005-02-02 00:00:00

EXETER, England (AFP) -- A climate conference opened to renewed concern about the worsening threat of global warming and appeals from Britain to its ally, the United States, not to stand on the sidelines. British Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett, in a speech to open the three-day meeting of more than 100 scientists, said all countries emitted greenhouse gases and so the problem required an international response. "A significant impact (on the world's climate system) is already...

2005-01-03 09:15:00

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Pig manure in Chile will keep neon lights glowing on Tokyo's Ginza in years to come. It's a grand north-south tradeoff to slow global warming: You reduce your "greenhouse gas" emissions so I don't have to cut back on mine. In this case, a Chilean pork producer is eliminating methane fumes from animal waste and selling the resulting "credits" to Japanese and Canadian utilities, requiring that much less of them as they reduce carbon dioxide emissions at their coal- and...

2004-12-18 14:10:18

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Long nights of backroom wrangling and a last-minute tangle produced a deal Saturday that opens a small door to international talks about what comes "beyond Kyoto" as the world grapples with the threat of global warming. Bush administration envoys to a U.N. conference, allied with some developing countries, including oil producers, blocked any more ambitious effort to cap fossil-fuel emissions after reductions mandated by the Kyoto Protocol, the climate pact...

2004-12-14 14:26:47

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The world's chief climate scientist on Tuesday disputed the U.S. government contention that cutbacks in carbon dioxide emissions are not yet warranted to check global warming. Experts readied a report, meanwhile, saying 2004 will be one of the warmest years on record. "The science says you've got to reduce emissions," Rajendra K. Pachauri told The Associated Press in an interview midway through a two-week international climate conference. The Kyoto Protocol,...

2004-12-14 07:40:00

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- International experts, searching for ways to break a deadlock with the United States over climate change, consulted on an array of ideas Monday to lure that No. 1 polluter into a joint effort to control "greenhouse gases," along with such second-rank emitters as China and India. A Chinese negotiator said he believed Washington might accept a concept he favored - "the bottom-up approach," whereby individual nations decide what steps they can take to rein in...

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