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  • Bush plan deepens divide over Kyoto Protocol

President George W. Bush further distanced his administration from the Kyoto Protocol on climate change last week by rejecting the idea of reducing US greenhouse-gas emissions to below current levels.

The president’s long-awaited alternative to the Kyoto plan effectively calls for no new action on the part of the United States.

The Kyoto signatories pledged to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to below 1990 levels by 2012. Bush instead envisions reducing the “emissions intensity” — the ration of emissions to a nation’s economic output — by 18 per cent over the same period.

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Reference: Nature 415, 821 (2002)
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