A flawed global achievement on climate

The successful conclusion of the negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol in Bonn in July will have drawn sighs of relief in most places apart from the White House, the boardrooms of some fossil fuel companies and wherever it is that the OPEC states transact their business. The Protocol may not yet be signed, sealed and delivered - Japan is still dithering about ratification, and there are arguments still to be had about some of the detailed implementation rules - but it is a great deal more secure than it looked even well into the ministerial talks in Bonn (see p 49 ).

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