COP17: Canada refuses to confirm or deny position on Kyoto Protocol

Discussions continue at the United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa amid rumours that Canada might pull out of its Kyoto Protocol commitments.

The revelation in the Canadian media has not been confirmed or denied by officials, although the current government has said it will not commit to a second commitment period under the Protocol unless other large emitters like the US and China also agree to binding targets.

According to Reuters, China’s official news agency Xinhua has criticised Canada’s failure to make its position clear as “setting a bad example”.

The comments claim that Canada is failing to meeting its target under the Kyoto Protocol – which had set a goal of cutting CO2 6% on 1990 levels – and is, therefore, considering breaking its commitment.

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30 November 2011