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  • The long road from Kyoto


Environmentalists may remember 2003 as the year in which the Kyoto protocol on climate change died. At a major climate change meeting in Milan, Italy, last week, all eyes were on Russia, whose ratification of the treaty would bring it into force.

But high-level advisors to the Russian government said that the country would not ratify the protocol, at least in its current form, because it would stifle Russia’s economic growth.

In this article, Quirin Schiermeier reports that, even if the international community’s first attempt at tackling climate change is in terminal decline, many of the individual commitments thrashed out during the Kyoto negotiations might still live on. But it remains unclear whether such initiatives will have a significant impact on the world’s climate.

Link to full article in Nature 

Reference: Nature 426, 756 (2003)

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