May 3, 2010

The Kyoto Protocol is under threat and political leaders should no longer skirt core questions about its destiny, the UN’s top climate official told environment ministers from around the world Monday.

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“The question is on everybody’s mind but, unfortunately, on nobody’s lips: what, in all honesty, is the future of the Kyoto Protocol?,” Yvo de Boer asked more than three dozen ministers gathered near Bonn to brainstorm on climate.

“It is your responsibility to take this thorny topic by the horn,” said de Boer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

After the failure of the Copenhagen summit to craft a successor, Kyoto remains the only enforceable global treaty requiring industrialised nations to cut carbon emissions.


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