In This Issue:
A decade after its launch, the international effort against global climate change stands at a critical juncture. With the ratification today of the Kyoto Protocol by Russia, this landmark agreement will now enter into force, Kyoto's coming of age is a major diplomatic accomplishment: a strong declaration of multilateral will to confront a quintessentially global challenge. But against that challenge, Kyoto is but a first step.
"Russia's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol is a welcome and important step. Most of the world's industrialized countries are now committed to a binding multilateral effort to address climate change. These countries are clearly showing their resolve to take action to address climate change. And as they move to fulfill their commitments, they will demonstrate that it is a challenge that can be affordably met..." Read Eileen Claussen's full statement.