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17 National Academies Endorse Kyoto

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Science  18 May 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5520, pp. 1275-1277
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5520.1275b

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In an editorial in this week's issue of Science, 17 national academies of science affirm the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's conclusion that human activities are warming the planet, urging those with "doubts"--by implication, the United States--to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, which would impose binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions by industrialized countries (see p. 1261). Robert May, president of the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, which organized the statement, says it was partly provoked by Bush's recent rejection of the Kyoto treaty, along with resistance to the Kyoto terms from countries such as Australia.