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January 10, 2006

US Answer to Kyoto Kicks Off Wednesday

What many see as the US-led alternative to the Kyoto Protocol, the Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate, kicks off Wednesday in Sydney, Australia.

Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, a UN led effort which sets mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions, the APPCDC asks countries to agree to share knowledge and technology and voluntarily reduce emissions as they see fit.

Australia may see the most financial benefit from the APPCDC as it is currently the world's biggest supplier of uranium, and nuclear fission and cleaner burning coal are a large part of how member countries plan to reduce emissions.
It is unclear whether renewable resources such as solar or wind-turbines will play any part in the APPCDC plan, although it is known the transfer of knowledge about as-yet-unattainable nuclear fusion, hydrogen energy, biotechnology and nanotechnology is.
How this will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions has yet to be seen...

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Posted by dymaxion at January 10, 2006 10:25 PM

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