The fate of the Kyoto climate agreement hangs
by a thread after the Japanese Government
said that it wanted to "bridge the gap"
between the US and EU position.
At a press conference in London today a
Japanese Government spokesman said that a
ministerial summit will take place between
Japan and the US on either the 15 or 16 July
(the eve of the Bonn climate meeting).
However, the spokesman refused to comment on
whether the Japanese will sign the treaty if
the US doesn't come on board. Kyoto was
discussed earlier today at a meeting between
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Kate Hampton, Climate Campaigner for
Friends of the Earth International said:
A Japanese refusal to ratify Kyoto will
almost certainly be the death knell for
serious international action to tackle
global climate change. The time for talking
is now over. It's time for action.
Abandoning agreed targets and timetables in
a vain attempt to placate the US will not
work. President Bush has said he won't
agree to mandatoty targets, and without
these Kyoto is dead.
Climate change is one of the biggest
threats the planet faces. If this treaty is
abandoned the world will blame those
politicians responsible for its demise, and
the selfish companies that can see no
further than next year's profit figures."