Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Russia not Bound by Solemn Kyoto Promise?

Who'da thunk it?

From Reuters:

The front-line of industrial nations fighting climate change needs shaking up to reflect that outsiders such as South Korea are now richer than insiders like Russia, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Monday.

"It would make sense to me to revisit the current list," Yvo de Boer, the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told a Reuters Environment Summit.

...Developing countries, ranging from relatively rich South Korea to the poorest of African states, have no emissions caps as part of policies meant to avert ever more heatwaves, droughts, floods and rising seas.

"The per capita GDP (national income) of Korea is much higher than that or Russia," he said.

"I can understand that they (Russia) feel some discomfort in thinking about the Kyoto approach," he said. Russian official had told de Boer that they were worried that any new caps under a new treaty from 2013 would cramp its economic growth.

Alternatives for Russia could be less stringent targets for greater efficiency in using energy or targets for reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of GDP...MORE