Kyoto protocol finally gets the green light

Governments secure a deal but further degrade climate accord's environmental integrity

Full operational rules for the Kyoto protocol on reducing greenhouse gases have at last been agreed after world environment and energy ministers arrived at a compromise early on Saturday morning in Marrakech, Morocco.

The deal further increases the chances of the protocol being ratified by enough industrialised countries for it to enter into force. It also re-emphasises the political isolation of the USA following its decision to withdraw from negotiations in March.

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