A Weblog monitoring coverage of environmental issues and science in the UK media. By Professor Emeritus Philip Stott. The aim is to assess whether a subject is being fairly covered by press, radio, and television. Above all, the Weblog will focus on science, but not just on poor science. It will also bring to public notice good science that is being ignored because it may be politically inconvenient.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Hamlet: "Kyoto not to be" - Europe stars yet again.....

Well! Well! European hypocrisy continues to know no bounds - something is rotten in the state of Denmark (so much for all that wind power). Just look - here are the latest, updated Danish statistics on its Kyoto Protocol targets: 'Progress [now that is an optimistic word] toward the Kyoto targets: Greenhouse gases' (NERI, Denmark, May 2005):
"The table shows the Danish emission of greenhouse gases calculated in accordance with the Kyoto Protocol.....together with the changes compared to the base year. According to the EU Burden Sharing Agreement under the Kyoto Protocol Denmark is legally bound to reduce the emissions by 21% calculated on the basis of the base year emissions. In 2003 Denmark has increased the emissions by 6.2%." [my emphasis]

So, no swan here - Denmark remains an ugly duckling. Time for a Hamlet cigar?

Philip, back from bohemian Brighton (well, that's one word for it), remaining gobsmacked at Europe's effrontery in chiding the US. I knew Denmark was a great country for fairy stories.

[New counter, June 19, 2006, with loss of some data]

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