Beyond Kyoto

Yesterday, the AP reported that 25 European Union and 13 Asian nations pledged to set new emissions reducing targets beyond those established in the Kyoto Protocol.
The 1997 Kyoto Protocol brought 35 nations together in agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. China and India, however, were not included, and the U.S. outright rejected it.

A joint statement from the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Finland said the 38 countries in agreement will share clean energy technologies and work with international financing and developing institutions to encourage investment as they realize that longer term solutions will require technological breakthroughs.

Here's to hoping the Bush administration will act responsibly.

[Source: AP via MSNBC]

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