December 02, 2005

More on Spain and Kyoto

Spain has the largest increase in greenhouse gas emissions of all Kyoto countries, according to this graph (1990-2003 data from the UN, found via Environmental Economics). The Spanish government has some well-thought policies to deal with this. On one hand, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food keeps discussing a further increase in gas subsidies with farmers after reaching a "generous" deal with fishers. This is just in case some other country attempts to surpass us in the Kyoto ranking. On the other hand, the Minister of the Environment announces that the recent storm that has hit the Canary Islands is a response of the planet to climate change ("una respuesta del planeta frente al cambio climático") and advises us citizens to change our consumption habits.

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