EU urges Russia to ratify Kyoto protocol

Senior EU figures including environment commissioner Margot Wallström are travelling to Moscow this week in an attempt to persuade Russia to ratify the Kyoto protocol on climate change. The instrument and its controls over rich countries' greenhouse gas emissions cannot take effect without Russian support. Doubts have been growing over the government's commitment to follow through on earlier pledges to ratify by this spring (EED 10/02/03). Russia should "live up to its responsibilities and ratify" the protocol, the European Commission said in a statement today. See press release.

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