Kyoto treaty becomes global law, flaws and all
The Kyoto Protocol on curbing global warming has been in limbo since 2001, when the United States rejected it outright, for valid reasons. And until last week, Russia sat on the sidelines, unsure whether compliance with stringent rules to control the emissions of greenhouse gases would hurt its economy.
But President Vladimir Putin's cabinet endorsed it Thursday and sent it to the Duma to be rubber stamped. With Russia's assent, the Kyoto Protocol will have enough signers to become a United Nations treaty, subject to international law.