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Canada refuses to renew Kyoto commitment

By Zhang Dacheng and Mark Bourrie (Xinhua)

19:01, December 06, 2011

OTTAWA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Canada has dumped its support for the Kyoto climate protocol as data show the country's domestic greenhouse gas emissions are rising.

Canada would not renew its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol once the pact's first commitment period expires at the end of next year, Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent said Monday.

Kent, speaking at a news briefing in Durban, South Africa, with a live phone link to Canadian media in Ottawa, said Canada's commitment now was to the Copenhagen and Cancun agreements.

Representatives from 194 countries around the world are gathering in Durban for talks on a binding deal to extend or replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

"We believe that ultimately, a new agreement that includes all of the world's major emitters in both the developing and the developed world is the only way to materially reduce annual megatonnage to the point that we can work to prevent global warming hitting or exceeding two degrees," he said.

Kent also said China's announcement it was willing to sign a binding agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions wouldn't soften Canada's stance on renewing Kyoto.

"We haven't seen any detail yet. We look forward to China bringing its proposal to the conference," Kent said. "But with regards to Canada not taking on a second Kyoto commitment period, that would not change our position."

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