04 Apr '11, 11am

UN climate chief warns of Kyoto protocol deadline

UN climate chief warns of Kyoto protocol deadline

BANGKOK: Commitments by most developed countries to cut carbon emissions are likely to expire at the end of next year without a new round of legally binding pledges, the UN's climate chief warned Monday. Christiana Figueres said governments needed to start preparing for a gap on the expiry of pledges under the Kyoto Protocol, which forms the foundation of the world's efforts to cut the emissions that are blamed for global warming. "Governments have to face the fact that a gap in this effort looks increasingly impossible to avoid," Figueres told reporters in Bangkok during the UN's first round of climate talks for the year. "In 2011 they need to figure out how to address this issue and how to take it forward in a collective and inclusive way. Resolving this will create a firmer foundation for an even greater collective ambition to cut emissions." Signed in 1997, the Kyoto P...

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