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Many nations will back out of Kyoto in 2012

December 7, 2011

World leaders are currently meeting in Durban, South Africa, to discuss the renewal of the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. Canadian Environmental Minister Peter Kent has already announced that his country will not be rejoining the pact to reduce emissions.

"For Canada, the Kyoto Protocol is not where the solution lies," Kent explained at the meeting in South Africa, according to the AFP. "It is an agreement that covers fewer than 30 percent of global emissions... It's an approach that does not lead to more comprehensive engagement of key parties who need to be actively a part of a global agreement."

Canada is not alone in its waning interest in Kyoto, either. The news source reports that Russia, Japan and several other key members of the pact have expressed the desire to leave the protocol behind. The European Union, however, has remained committed to the effort to reduce emissions.

People who are concerned about the Kyoto Protocol can make calls to South Africa to find out the latest goings on. There are only a few days left for the group to come to a decision about the next contract for the Kyoto Protocol, which would extend from 2013 to 2020.

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