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ClimateArk Applauds Russian Climate Change Leadership

Date : 30th September 2004, Source : Climate Ark & Forests.org



Madison, Wisconsin - ClimateArk, the world's largest and most used Climate Change Portal at http://www.climateark.org/, welcomes the Russian cabinet's approval of the Kyoto Treaty.

The Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the first international response to global warming. As of July, the treaty had been ratified by 124 countries. Russia's acceptance will guarantee its implementation.

The pact will now move to the Kremlin-dominated parliament, the Duma, for approval. Following near certain Duma ratification, the Kyoto Protocol would enter into force within 90 days and become international law.

This will not be in time for the next meeting of the climate change convention, in Argentina in December, but it will give the process added impetus and force governments to take their legally binding targets seriously.

Under the Kyoto Protocol, industrialized nations, responsible for 55% of greenhouse gas emissions, commit to cut emissions of six greenhouse gases by just over 5% for the period 2008-2012.

ClimateArk's network is proud to have contributed modestly to pending Russian Kyoto ratification, having generated hundreds of thousands of email pleas from our Action Center (http://forests.org/action/) to President Putin over past years.

"Our network members kept on campaigning to gain Russian ratification long after others had given up - they should be applauded," said Dr. Barry.

"The Kyoto Treaty is an important first step in addressing spiraling atmospheric decay, including stronger hurricanes, more extreme floods and droughts, melting glaciers and rising seas, as well as forest and agricultural die-back."

Targets to reduce emissions have already been agreed upon by Europe, Japan and Canada. Russian ratification of Kyoto will leave President George Bush - who repudiated the treaty on coming to office - virtually isolated in the developed world. His only ally is Australia. The US emits over one fifth of the world's greenhouse gases.

"The Kyoto Protocol is an important start. But to really address climate change, safer and cleaner sources of energy - such as solar and wind - must be developed with a sense of urgency. The focus must be upon more energy efficiency. And eventually, the Kyoto mechanisms must and will be strengthened to extend emission reductions and include all nations."

The ClimateArk is a Climate Change Portal and Search Engine dedicated to promoting public policy that addresses global climate change through reductions in carbon dioxide and other emissions, renewable energy, energy conservation and ending deforestation.

It is maintained by the non-profit Forests.org (http://forests.org/) and the consulting company Ecological Internet (http://www.environmentalsustainability.info/).





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