Kent shifts position in climate talks

Ottawa now calling for a binding treaty by 2015

Environment Minister Peter Kent pulled a U-turn at the global climate talks in Durban, South Africa, calling for negotiations on a new legally binding climate treaty by 2015. Two days earlier he had called the Kyoto Protocol a thing of the past for Canada. On Thursday, the minister also said a new treaty should include the United States, which did not join Kyoto. He rejected a suggested three-year pause in negotiations to allow the UN to review progress made by various countries on greenhouse-gas reductions.

The Globe and Mail

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