Canada to reject Kyoto Protocol extension

"Now that we've finished our election we can say now that Canada will not be taking a target under a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol," said Judith Gelbman, a member of Canada's delegation at the talks.

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Canada confirmed yesterday that it will not will support an extended Kyoto Protocol after 2012 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Bonn, Germany.

"Now that we've finished our election we can say now that Canada will not be taking a target under a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol," said Judith Gelbman, a member of Canada's delegation at the talks. 

Lawmakers intended to come up with a successor for the Kyoto Protocol after it expires in 2012. But talks have come to a "deadlock" according to Reuters news, with Canada, Japan and Russia saying they would reject an extension unless major emerging economies such as China and India also committed to emissions cuts. 

The EU, a longtime advocate of the Kyoto Protocol, also suggested that its support for Kyoto would depend on whether other major economies come on board. EU chief negotiator Artur Runge-Metzger said the EU would only extend the Kyoto Protocol if there was "also agreement on the other side towards an agreement that covers all those major economies at the same time," according to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

The world's two biggest polluting nations also said they would not commit to an agreement on curbing emissions. Chinese delegates said they would not sign onto an agreement that could curb economic growth. The U.S., meanwhile, has never ratified the Kyoto Protocol and favours a more voluntary approach to emissions cuts. 

Global carbon emissions reached a record high last year, rising at their fastest rate in more than four decades, up nearly 6 per cent according to the International Energy Agency. 



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