Bush about-face meets with mild Latin response

Climate change

When the Bush Administration slammed the door on the Kyoto Protocol last month, there was widespread anger and dismay: the European Union accused it of sabotage, China cried foul and even Japan—a trusted ally of Washington on climate-change policy—broke ranks. Criticism from Latin America, by contrast, has been muted. The region’s environment ministers, taking part in hemispheric talks in Montreal at the end of March, spoke of “advancing the implementation of Kyoto” and “intensifying efforts” to stop global warming. But to the consternation of Latin environmentalists, they failed to take the Bush Administration to task for effectively rejecting the landmark accord signed in 1997 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. “It was a good first declaration of principles, but this... [Log in to read more]

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