October 28, 2004 |
The upper house of Russia's parliament ratified the Kyoto Protocol and sent it on to President Vladimir V. Putin for his signature -- setting the stage for the global climate treaty to come into force next year. Putin's stamp of approval is considered a formality, but the Kremlin has given no indication of when he will sign the pact, which seeks to slow global warming by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The pact will apply only to nations that ratify it, a group that does not include the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2006 |
Councilman Bill Rosendahl on Wednesday proposed the city join other municipalities that have agreed to limit their release of greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol. The treaty went into effect last year with 141 nations as signatories but not the United States. In response, the U.S. Conference of Mayors -- led by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels -- agreed to similar reductions.
February 22, 2005 |
One day last month in this normally sun-starved corner of the country, when the temperature reached into the low 60s, residents donned shorts and acted as if summer had come early. That bothered Mayor Greg Nickels -- not the shorts, but the warm weather. The temperature hit the 60s again this month, and with mountain snowpacks alarmingly low and scientists already predicting drought this summer, Nickels said he feared "the profound changes" associated with global warming had reached home.
October 1, 2004 |
The Russian Cabinet gave its approval to the Kyoto Protocol on Thursday in the strongest sign yet that the treaty to fight global warming would win enough worldwide support to come into force. The Duma, the lower house of parliament, has yet to give its backing and President Vladimir V. Putin his signature before Russia can ratify the treaty, but those actions are widely expected. It is now "99% certain" that the Kyoto Protocol will come into effect, said Alexei O.
July 22, 2001 |
With an international pact to fight global warming suddenly said to be within reach, environmentalists and politicians Saturday praised the power of solidarity in their efforts to reduce so-called greenhouse gases--even if the biggest producer, the United States, won't. Delegates and observers acknowledged that a deal to rescue the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which would apportion emission reductions to industrialized nations, is still far from guaranteed.
May 30, 2004
Re "An Ambitious Russia Won't Trade Growth for Green," Commentary, May 24: The Kyoto Protocol's greenhouse-gas trading market offers an unparalleled opportunity for Russia to achieve President Vladimir Putin's economic-efficiency goals by attracting investment that can drive growth up and drive pollution down. The U.S. sulfur dioxide trading market blazed this trail, showing utilities how to reduce acid rain pollution dramatically while maintaining robust growth. Putin's decision to bring Russia into both the World Trade Organization and the Kyoto Protocol together is eminently sensible.