After Fukushima: Japan attenuates a climate / Breaking News


Japan really wanted to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent. Because of the impact of the nuclear accident at Fukushima, was not now feasible, says the government. A bad signal for the ongoing UN climate negotiations in Warsaw.

Japan moves apart from its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions . After the Fukushima nuclear disaster , the country must increasingly rely again on fossil fuels , government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Friday . So far the country had provided the CO2 emissions by 25 percent between 1990 and 2020. Against the background of the political situation changed energy is the new target , 3.8 percent to remain below the level in 2005.

The original under the then Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama issued in 2009 reduction target was “not feasible ” and ” totally irrelevant ,” Suga told reporters in Tokyo. How Japanese media reported , the new targets mean an increase in CO2 emissions by three per cent compared to 1990 levels , the reference year of the Kyoto climate change protocol. With the Kyoto Protocol committed the participating States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 2012 compared to 1990 levels by an average of five percent. It was signed in 1997 and entered into force in 2005 .

After Fukushima:Resistance to nuclear energy grows

A Foreign Ministry official said the new figures should be announced next week at the UN climate summit in Poland. They are Japan’s ” new international obligations ” , the I register at the United Nations Tokyo. If it were temporary regulations because it was Japan’s goal of returning to nuclear power . However grows in Japan since the Fukushima disaster , the social resistance to nuclear energy.

The environmental organization WWF criticized the announcement of Japan. It is to be feared that Tokyo’s exchange rate would have a devastating impact on the discussions at the UN climate conference in Warsaw , said the WWF.

In Poland’s capital has on Monday the 19th UN climate conference started . The meeting was attended by representatives from more than 190 countries. Major breakthroughs are not expected. But the delegates want to clarify any further questions on the way to a binding global climate agreement that will be negotiated by the end of 2015, and in 2020 to enter into force .

Since mid-September, Japan lives again without nuclear power , as was the case from May to July , 2012. All reactors are shut down for maintenance. Since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima , 11 March 2011 applicable to the nuclear reactors in Japan, the tightened security measures . The Fukushima nuclear plant was in 2011 by an earthquake and a tsunami severely damaged….

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