Friday, November 03, 2006

Greenhouse gases: Kyoto update

Capitalism’s best efforts to save the planet seem not be doing very well so far. Here’s one for everybody going on the climate change demo in London on Saturday, courtesy of Environment News Service:

‘Emissions by industrialized countries of greenhouse gases linked to global warming showed a "worrying" upward trend in the 2000–2004 period despite efforts to control them under the Kyoto Protocol, finds a United Nations report released on Monday …

‘Although the overall emissions by industrialized countries dropped 3.3 per cent in the 1990–2004 period, this was mostly due to a 36.8 percent decrease by economies in transition of eastern and central Europe, EITs, the report shows.

‘The other industrialized Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, registered a 11 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions.’

Notice the glaring absence of the US, which has of course pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol five years ago.

Still, look on the bright side. Imagine how rapidly emissions would be going up if the industrialised economies weren’t trying to reduce them.

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