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From: "janson2997" <janson1997@...
Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2004 19:33:12 -0000
Subject: [fuelcell-energy] UK must push international clout on climate
UK must push international clout on climate change
The UK government has this week come under scrutiny for its efforts
to persuade international players to ratify the world's only treaty
to tackle climate change. The destiny of the Kyoto Protocol currently
rests on the decision of Russia, since the US - the world's largest
contributor to global warming - backtracked on its decision to
address this issue through the Protocol's mechanisms.
"The Government must take action at the highest levels to persuade
other States, in particular, the United States and Russia, to ratify
the Kyoto Protocol and to reduce their emissions of greenhouse
gases," a House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
reported this week.
Lord Mitchell, chair of the inquiry which looked at the scientific
basis of international agreements on scientific matters,
said: "Global warming can be combated only by global measures. The
Kyoto Protocol will ensure that nations begin to reduce their
greenhouse gas emissions. It gets the process up and running. But it
cannot come into force without ratification by the United States and
Russia - preferably both."
"The Government must do everything in its power to persuade both
these countries to take action," he said.
The UK has set itself up to be an international leader on climate
change issues. Environment secretary Margaret Beckett told the
Guardian newspaper this week that Tony Blair is looked upon as a
world leader on tackling global warming and that part of his legacy
would be his attempts at combating environmental issues.
Bryony Worthington, climate change campaigner at Friends of the Earth
UK, agreed that the UK pulls its weight when it comes to
international lobbying on environmental issues - but warned that the
UK must practise what it preaches at home.
Ms Worthington told edie that she thought there would be a good
chance that the US would back track on its international
environmental policy and ratify the Kyoto Protocol, if John Kerry was
to be elected President in November (see related story).
She pointed to a Senate bill put forward by Senators Lieberman and
McCain on reducing greenhouse gases, which was narrowly rejected. She
said this suggests a reason to be hopeful about future actions on
climate change (see related story).
By Sorcha Clifford
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