You can address this step as another important move towards establishing a post-Kyoto framework. To help cut greenhouse gases, Canada is likely to follow the six-nation Asian-based climate pact to become the next country to join it.
After meeting his Canadian counterpart, Stephen Harper, John Howard offered in-principle support for inclusion of Canada, expressing confidence that the other members will not have any problem with the plan.
This addition would surely boost the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. Already comprising Australia, the US, India, China, Japan and South Korea, the partnership was established early this year.
Mr Howard after his meeting with Mr Harper said,
We would very warmly welcome Canada joining the partnership, and I can’t speak for the other members but I would be very surprised if they didn’t have the same view.
However, critics of the new climate pact — dubbed AP6 has already come up with their argument. According to it, this pact will do not do much in reducing greenhouse gases! The reason behind it is that the members are not bound by a timetable. And to add to it, the six-nation framework focuses on how to embrace new technologies for reducing emissions, not to mention, in the big polluting Chinese and Indian countries.
Via: The Australian News