CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT: TURNING DOWN THE HEAT

TO THEIR SURPRISE, NEGOTIATORS IN KYOTO HAMMER OUT A HISTORIC PACT TO CURB GLOBAL WARMING. BUT WILL IT EVER GO INTO EFFECT?

In the end, it came down to a single percentage point. For more than a week, negotiators at the Kyoto climate-change conference had been haggling over the terms of a treaty that might at last begin to do something concrete about the looming worldwide threat of global warming. Delegates had cajoled and harangued and reasoned with one another, trying to decide who would have to cut back, and how much, on pollutants that are heating the globe. By last Tuesday night, after a whirlwind 14-hour visit to Kyoto by Al Gore, the U.S.'s most prominent environmentalist, they were almost there. All...

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