China calls Canada’s withdrawal from Kyoto regrettable

2011-12-13 09:07

Beijing – China said today that Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol was “regrettable” and went against international attempts to tackle climate change.

Canada on Monday became the first country to formally withdraw from the protocol, saying the pact on cutting carbon emissions was preventing the world from effectively tackling climate change.

The move is “against the efforts of the international community and is regrettable”, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin told a regular media briefing.

Canada agreed under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce CO2 emissions to 6.0% below 1990 levels by 2012, but its emissions of the gases blamed for damaging Earth’s fragile climate system have instead increased sharply.

The landmark pact reached in 1997 is the only global treaty that sets down targeted curbs in global emissions.

But those curbs apply only to rich countries, excluding the US, that have refused to ratify the accord.

China is the world’s largest carbon emitter, but has always insisted that as a developing country it should be exempt from binding obligations on emissions.

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