World climate treaty prospects examined

USA seen more open to multilateral actions after September attacks but still unlikely to back Kyoto

Last month's terrorist attacks on the USA have taught the Bush administration the importance of multilateral responses to global threats but are unlikely to alter its rejection of the Kyoto protocol in the foreseeable future, former climate policy chief Frank Loy said yesterday.

Speaking at a high-level climate conference organised by insurer Swiss Re in Zürich, Switzerland, Mr Loy said: "The events have forced the US to realise we're more dependent on the help of others that we used to think. But it won't force a 180 degree turn."

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