U.N. looks beyond Kyoto

A two-day seminar of 190-nations is taking place in Bonn, Germany. The objective is to come up with a roadmap that would show the way after the end of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012. Meanwhile, the finger-pointing continues; developing countries like China, Brazil and India are accusing rich countries of not meeting the Kyoto goals while wanting poor countries to sign the post-Kyoto treaty and the rich countries claim that it would be unfair to let emerging powers off the hook. In all fairness, it's a little hard to tell developing nations that they have to support the full burden of the protocol while the rich countries developed and polluted in all impunity for 150 years, but of course sometimes the end justifies the means and since global warming would particularly affect poor countries, they probably should do everything they can. The best compromise is probably for the rich to help the poor leapfrog over the dirtiest stages of industrial development directly into a sustainable society. We can dream, can't we?

"The European Union aims to cut emissions by 15-30 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 but few other nations have long-term goals." ::Reuters: U.N. seeks climate 'roadmap' beyond Kyoto & ::Reuters: U.N. to start marathon in Bonn to widen Kyoto

[by MGR]