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megimoo
12-02-2010, 12:00 AM
Japan under fire for stance on Kyoto Protocol

CANCUN, Mexico Green groups reacted with concern at the world climate talks on Wednesday after Japan stood by its opposition to renewing pledges under the Kyoto Protocol, the cornerstone UN pact on global warming.

Friends of the Earth said Japan had thrown down an obstacle at Cancun, where the future of the Protocol is part of a complex, interlinked haggle, by speaking so bluntly.

In a plenary session at the start of the talks on Monday, Japan said it did not plan to renew its carbon-cutting pledges under Kyoto when the current roster of promises expire at the end of 2012, delegates said.

In an argument it has repeated over nearly a year, Japan says Kyoto's targeted carbon constraints are unfair and ineffective in the present arrangements for tackling global warming.

They only apply to rich countries, but not the United States, which abandoned the treaty in 2001, nor to China, the world's No. 1 polluter, which is a developing country. As a result, only 30 percent of planet-wide emissions of greenhouse gases are covered.

"With this position, Japan isolates itself from the rest of the world. Even worse, this step undermines the ongoing talks and is a serious threat to the progress needed here in Cancun," said Yuri Onodera of Friends of the Earth Japa


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fettpett
12-02-2010, 09:29 AM
good for them, finally someone besides the US is kicking that POS to the curb

ironhorsedriver
12-02-2010, 10:45 AM
China has put men into space, has one of the highest manufacturing bases on Earth, is an economic powerhouse. How the hell can it be considered a developing nation?

megimoo
12-02-2010, 10:57 AM
China has put men into space, has one of the highest manufacturing bases on Earth, is an economic powerhouse. How the hell can it be considered a developing nation?
If they don't get what they want they pout and stamp their little feet !

fettpett
12-02-2010, 02:30 PM
China has put men into space, has one of the highest manufacturing bases on Earth, is an economic powerhouse. How the hell can it be considered a developing nation?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_nation#Other_lists_of_Developed_Countri es

It's based on a number of factors, but the most basic is GDP per capita which China is ranked 99th (about 7,000 per person) the Developed Countries have a GDP/capita of over 25,000 per person