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Canada Pulls Out of Kyoto Protocol, Threatens to Derail Climate Action

The failure of the global community to bring the US under a legal regime is rubbing hard on the richer nations committed to Kyoto Protocol.

The announcement made by Peter Kent, the Canadian Environment Minister, to formally withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol comes as a major jolt to the global climate action movement. The timing of the announcement – barely a day after more than 190 nations signed off a deal at Durban – is also puzzling.

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Climate Talks End With Hope for a New More Comprehensive Legally-Binding Agreement

Durban – Several key and important steps forward were agreed at the UN climate convention meeting that closed on December 11 in Durban, including an agreement to negotiate a new and more inclusive treaty and the establishment of a Green Climate Fund.

But the outcome in the South African coastal city has left the world with some serious and urgent challenges if a global temperature rise is to be kept under 2° Celsius in the 21st century.

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Durban Conference Delivers Breakthrough for Climate

Brussels – The European Union welcomes the agreement reached at the UN Climate Conference in Durban as a historic breakthrough in the fight against climate change. After two weeks of negotiations, the 195 Parties to the UN climate change convention agreed on a roadmap, proposed by the EU, for drawing up a legal framework by 2015 for climate action by all countries. The Durban conference also agreed that there will be a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, made operational for the new Green Climate Fund for developing countries, and approved a series of measures which build . . . → Read More: Durban Conference Delivers Breakthrough for Climate

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