Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Kyoto, 2005

The Kyoto Protocol enters into force today. The New York Times highlights the impact of the free-rider problem. (The United States is, of course, the biggest free rider.) The Guardian (London) notes Tony Blair's interest in getting the United States "back into dialogue" with the rest of the world concerning global warming. The Los Angeles Times notes that "the U.S. and Australia are the only large, developed nations not taking part" in the treaty. The Washington Post story emphasizes the point that the treaty's value is primarily symbolic as it appears unlikely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Meanwhile, the NHL has just announced that its season has been cancelled. Draw your own conclusions.