New Zealand won't sign 'Kyoto 2' climate treaty

Nov 09, 2012

(AP)—New Zealand's government said Friday that it would not sign on for a second stage of the Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, a stance that angered environmentalists and political opponents.

The announcement came the same day that Australia said it would stay the course and commit to "Kyoto 2."

The treaty aims to curb international through binding national reductions. But some question its effectiveness after many of the world's biggest polluters, including the United States and China, did not sign on.

New Zealand's climate change minister, Tim Groser, said he remained committed to agreed to under the first .

But Groser said the country would be better served in the future by joining the U.S., China and others in a nonbinding climate pledge under the United Nations Framework Convention. Those countries are working toward a new agreement that would take effect in 2020.

However, opponents said New Zealand's government was shirking its responsibilities and risking its international standing. Labour Party lawmaker Moana Mackey called it a "day of shame."

In announcing that his country would sign on for Kyoto 2, Australian climate change minister Greg Combet said in a statement that "Australia joins as countries around the world are taking action to combat ."

The Kyoto 2 treaty will run from 2013 to 2020.

Combet said it is vital that all countries make serious progress toward reaching the 2020 agreement, which would have legally binding reductions for all major polluting nations.

Explore further: Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

3.7 /5 (3 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

UN climate talks on edge heading into final hours

Dec 09, 2011

(AP) -- The United States, China and India could scuttle attempts to save the only treaty governing global warming, Europe's top negotiator said Friday hours before a 194-nation U.N. climate conference was ...

Russia slams Kyoto Protocol

Dec 16, 2011

Russia supports Canada's decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, says its foreign ministry, reaffirming Friday that Moscow will not take on new commitments.

UN: Canada still obliged to fight climate change

Dec 13, 2011

The UN climate chief on Tuesday voiced regret over Canada's withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol and said that the country still had legal obligations to work against global warming.

Merkel: binding, verifiable climate targets needed

Jul 04, 2011

(AP) -- All nations must commit to binding and verifiable goals to reduce their carbon emissions to reach a new international climate agreement as the Kyoto Protocol expires next year, German Chancellor Angela ...

Recommended for you

Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

Aug 22, 2014

In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some ...

New paper calls for more carbon capture and storage research

Aug 22, 2014

Federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must involve increased investment in research and development of carbon capture and storage technologies, according to a new paper published by the University of Wyoming's ...

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

Aug 22, 2014

Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam and sulfur billowing over herds of sheep and cattle. Both day and night, the rumble ...

User comments : 0