The Kyoto Protocol
NPR.org, Dec. 7, 2005 ·
Topping the agenda at this week's Kyoto Protocol conference in Montreal is how to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets set for 2012, and what to do after the accord expires. The lone holdouts to the treaty among industrialized countries are the United States and Australia.
The White House says the treaty would damage the U.S. economy, with little proven environmental benefit. Australian leaders say they would sign a future accord if China and India were required to cut emissions; the two developing giants are exempt from Kyoto. Read a sampling of world editorials and analysis on the treaty’s global attempt to reduce manmade emissions that warm the Earth: