Russia’s lower house of parliament was expected to vote today on ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on combating global warming, putting the pact firmly on the road to realisation.

The pact needs ratification by 55 industrialised nations accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 1990. Once the protocol enters into force, industrialised countries will have until 2012 to cut their collective emissions of six key greenhouse gases to 5.2% below the 1990 level.

The United States and Australia have already rejected Kyoto, but as soon as Russia gives the go-ahead it automatically will go into effect around the world. Once the lower house, the State Duma, approves it, the pact will require ratification by the pliant upper house and signature by President Vladimir Putin.

Carol Browner was head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton for 8 years in the 1990’s……..WMNF spoke to her today about the state of the environment…We began by asking her about the vote in the Senate on Global Warming back in the late 1990’s, that went down to defeat 97-0….. (roll tape#1 o.q.�this is a true environmentalist�) That’s Carol Browner, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency in the Clinton-Gore Administration…She spoke to us today from Washington.

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