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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

Earth Matters

October 16th, 2001

Will the North decide the path of sustainable development for the rest of the world? Will the interests of the South be protected? As preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development get underway, many contentious issues boil over

Deal or No Deal

October 16th, 2001

Governments are scheduled to meet in Marrakech later this month to further the Kyoto process, designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industrialised countries. Will their efforts eventually control climate change?Experts from around the world assess the worth of the latest 'Bonn agreement', reached at the resumed session of the sixth conference of parties to the climate change convention (also called CoP-6 bis), in July 2001


First casualty

November 7th, 2001

Rising sea levels force Tuvaluans to find new homes

Tuvalu, a tiny South Pacific nation of about 10,000 people whose existence is threatened by rising sea levels, has entered into a unique agreement with New Zealand. Under the agreement, New Zealand will accept an annual quota of 'climate refugees' from Tuvalu. These citizens are being forced to leave as sea-water is inundating their homes. The exodus of people from Tuvalu is expected to start in 2002 and the two countries expect it to continue for the next 3-4 decades.

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