Government confirms it will reject new Kyoto Protocol

BONN, Germany Thu Jun 9, 2011 2:47pm EDT

Petro-Canada's Edmonton Refinery and Distribution Centre glows at dusk in Edmonton February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber

Petro-Canada's Edmonton Refinery and Distribution Centre glows at dusk in Edmonton February 15, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Dan Riedlhuber

BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Canada confirmed on Wednesday that it would not support an extended Kyoto Protocol after 2012, joining Japan and Russia in rejecting a new round of the climate emissions pact.

The current Kyoto Protocol binds only the emissions of industrialized countries from 2008-2012. Poor and emerging economies want to extend the pact, creating a deadlock at U.N. climate talks running from June 6 to 17 in Bonn, Germany.

The confirmation makes it clear Canada is following the line its ruling party pursued ahead of last month's election.

"Now that we've finished our election we can say now that Canada will not be taking a target under a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol," Judith Gelbman, a member of Canada's delegation, told a negotiating session of the talks.

Canada has also previously said it could not achieve the binding emissions cuts it has committed to under the first round of Kyoto up to 2012, infuriating environmentalists and developing countries.

The U.N.'s top climate official, Christiana Figueres, said on Monday that the talks would now miss a deadline to launch a binding successor to Kyoto at the end of next year, because even if countries agreed a deal, they subsequently would have to be approve it in national parliaments in a lengthy ratification process.

The talks in Bonn were all but deadlocked on Wednesday on what items to include in the agenda of the meeting, and also over the long-running spat over whether or not to extend Kyoto.

Global carbon emissions last year rose at their fastest rate in more than four decades, up nearly 6 percent at about double the annual rate of increase over the past decade, data released by oil company BP showed.

(Reporting by Gerard Wynn; Editing by Jonathan Lynn)

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Comments (2)
JDoddsGW wrote:
The amount of CO2 or GHGs does NOT matter to global warming. We always have left over GHGs (water vapor and dissolved CO2) in the ocean and it NEVER gets used in the greenhouse effect. Simple proof that the greenhouse theory that more GHGs means more warming is fatally flawed.
They should abandom Kyoto & worlk on something that is REAL.

Jun 10, 2011 7:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
OregonStream wrote:
Nonsense, JDoddsGW. What counts is the rapid concentration change and it’s feedbacks (including water vapor increases related to WARMING). The fact is, CO2 levels are rising fast in both the oceans AND the atmosphere, despite the oceans still being a net sink, at least for now. And there’s not only a human fingerprint on that increase (via carbon isotope ratio and fossil carbon accounting), but the links with an amplified greenhouse effect and accelerated climate change are stronger than ever (despite silly claims, based on pre-1950′s supposition, about “saturated” CO2 absorption bands). A small sampling:

Jun 11, 2011 3:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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