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Thursday, 2nd December 2010
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Japan rejects Kyoto extension

Japan has confirmed that it will not support the extension of the Kyoto Protocol when it concludes in 2012.

Officials have labelled the treaty designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as 'outdated' and believe that it needs to be replaced with a new worldwide agreement.

Kuni Shimada, special adviser to Japanese environment minister Ryu Matsumoto, speaking at UN climate talks in Mexico, explained that the current treaty only regulates 27 per cent of the world's carbon emissions.

"This is the firmest Japan has been," Jake Schmidt, international climate policy director in Washington at the Natural Resources Defence Council, told Bloomberg.

He added: "The fate of the Kyoto Protocol is going to cast a shadow over what we're trying to do here on all the other building blocks of a climate agreement."

The Kyoto Protocol was formally adopted in December 1997 and came into effect on Feburary 16th 2005.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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