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The Environment and Politics

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{Nature_and_Environment.5.95}: Kai Hagen {kai} Mon, 24 May 2004 12:54:37 CDT (44 lines)

WRI Applauds Movement on Kyoto Protocol

From World Resources Institute
Friday, May 21, 2004

Contact:
Christopher Lagan, WRI media officer, (202) 729-7684
clagan@wri.org

WRI Applauds Movement on Kyoto Protocol

WASHINGTON, DC, MAY, 21, 2004 - The World Resources Institute applauds the
announcement in Moscow by Russian President Valdimir Putin that Russia would
"accelerate progress toward ratification" of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.

"President Putin's announcement regarding the Protocol irreversibly changes the
agenda. WRI applauds the leaders of the European Union for stepping forward and
breaking the logjam with respect to Russian ratification. The developed world has
begun to come to terms with the inevitability of carbon reductions and is committed
to responding accordingly," said Jonathan Lash, president of the World Resources
Institute. "The Protocol's entry into force provides a framework for addressing the
issue of global warming. Today's statement moves the world further down the path to
addressing this critical problem."

Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol has been in the hands of Russia since the United
States pulled out of the Protocol in 2001. The matter must now go before the Russian
Duma for formal ratification. Should this take place, the Kyoto Protocol will have the
endorsement of developed nations representing 55 percent of global greenhouse gas
(GHG) emissions, which is a precursor for the Protocol officially entering into force.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org/wri) is an environmental research
and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve
people's lives.



For more information, contact:

Christopher Lagan
Media Officer
World Resources Institute
10 G. St., NE
Washington, DC  20002
clagan@wri.org

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