UN Climate Chief Is ‘Surprised’ at Canada’s Kyoto Withdrawal
Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent said yesterday the country would pull out of the only treaty that sets binding greenhouse-gas reduction targets for developed countries. Kent made the statement after envoys from more than 190 nations agreed in Durban, South Africa to develop a document with “legal force” by 2015 that would curb pollution by all nations.
“Whether or not Canada is a party to the Kyoto Protocol, it has a legal obligation to reduce its emissions, and a moral obligation to itself and future generations to lead in the global effort,” Figueres said in a statement on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s website.
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