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Look who's talking!

March 26, 2000

The president of the world’s most polluting country blames India for global warming

The New Proposal

April 23, 2001

Pronk offers a compromise plan that gives away too much on sinks.

Americans not very different from their president

April 23, 2001

The US citizens are more concerned with cost than action to arrest climate change.

Although 75 per cent of those surveyed in the US in a Time/CNN poll consider global warming a "very serious" or "fairly serious" problem, they are more worried about high electric bills or losing their jobs. Only 48 per cent are willing to shell out an extra quarter of a dollar per gallon of gasoline to reduce global warming and pollution.

Carbon on sale

June 15th, 2001

US organisations to begin trade in carbon dioxide emissions.

The theory sinks

June 15th, 2001

Two new studies quash industrialised countries hopes of meeting most of their Kyoto commitments by using carbon sinks

Forests and soil 'sinks' may not eventually turn out to be so useful to industrialised countries in search of cheap ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Two scientific studies conducted in North American pine forests present evidence that estimates of increased absorption of carbon dioxide as its concentration in the atmosphere rises are unduly optimistic.

The logjam continues

June 22nd, 2001

George W. Bush gets a hostile reaction from the European Union on his stubborn stand regarding the Kyoto Protocol

Even as the US reiterated its rejection of the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union (EU) has decided to implement it, with or without the US. "The EU will stick to the Kyoto Protocol and go for ratification, " announced Goran Persson, EU head and Swedish prime minister at the one day EU-US summit in Göteborg, Sweden on June 14, 2001.

Fixing cheap carbon

June 22nd, 2001

Genetically improved plants in Vietnam to help Australia meet its Kyoto target as cheaply as possible

Pact Politics

August 10th, 2001

High political drama marks climate negotiations as the European Union strives to enforce the Kyoto protocol without the US. The South could play a crucial role pushing for a fair treaty, but it simply continues to squabble over a few dollars!
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Compromise on climate

August 10th, 2001

Nation manages to resuscitate the Kyoto Protocol by a watered-down agreement



August 31st, 2001

Nations adopt a diluted agreement on implementing the Kyoto Protocol that gives away too many concessions to polluting countries

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