Saturday, November 06, 2004

Russia signs onto Kyoto protocol

Great news from Russia, as Vladimir Putin has agreed to sign onto the Kyoto agreement (BBC News). Russia emits 17% of world emissions of greenhouse gases, and now the critical threshold of 55%, necessary for the treaty to come into effect, has been reached. This is a great victory for the environmental cause, and underscores the refusal of the United States to ratify the Kyoto accord, or even to discuss the problem of global climate change. America is the world's greatest polluter, and would have to restructure its economy and the driving tastes of its citizens if it agreed to Kyoto. I hope people around the world will boycott American products to punish the United States' policy on the enviroment.

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