EU back on track to ratify Kyoto protocol

Bloc overcomes hitches to confirm international leadership on global warming

Representatives from all EU governments and the European Commission will formally ratify the UN Kyoto protocol on climate change at a ceremony in New York on Friday. The move marks a key step towards entry-into-force of binding greenhouse gas emission limits for industrialised countries.

EU ratification of Kyoto is a highly symbolic step, underlining the bloc's determination to champion the protocol and the multilateral response to climate change that it embodies against obstruction led by the USA.

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