Pressure for backing Kyoto Protocol grows



The European Union and its 15 member states simultaneously ratified the Kyoto Protocol on climate change on 31 May; Japan followed suit on 4 June; and pressure is building for other countries to approve the treaty so that it can come into force in time for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa late this year. The summit runs from 26 August through 4 September.