Kyoto Treaty Follies

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on August 12, 2002

If you were ever serious about the Kyoto treaty's effectiveness, if implemented, at reducing global warming, you only had to look at what countries were exempted. While the United States and Europe would have had to cut greenhouse gas emissions, Africa, Asia and many other parts of the world wouldn't have had to make any cuts.

When Bush, rightly, withdrew the United States' signature from the document, we were made out to be the bad guys, despite the fact that we've got some of the toughest environmental laws in the world.

Today CNN reported on the "Asian Brown Cloud."

HONG KONG, China -- A dense blanket of pollution, dubbed the "Asian Brown Cloud," is hovering over South Asia, with scientists warning it could kill millions of people in the region, and pose a global threat.

In the biggest-ever study of the phenomenon, 200 scientists warned that the cloud, estimated to be two miles (three kilometers) thick, is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths a year from respiratory disease.

By slashing the sunlight that reaches the ground by 10 to 15 percent, the choking smog has also altered the region's climate, cooling the ground while heating the atmosphere, scientists said on Monday.

The potent haze lying over the entire Indian subcontinent -- from Sri Lanka to Afghanistan -- has led to some erratic weather, sparking flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal and northeastern India, but drought in Pakistan and northwestern India.

And the United States is the evil polluter? Amazing how we've gained the ability to funnel our smog from L.A. to India.


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