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    ... From: janson2997 To: fuelcell-energy@yahoogroups.com Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2004 19:33:12 -0000 Subject: [fuelcell-energy] UK must push
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      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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