The Kyoto protocol on limiting air pollution has no firm ecological and economic grounds, holds Yuri Israel, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Director of the Moscow-based Institute of Global Climatic and Environmental Studies.
He does not think Russia ought to ratify the protocol, Academician Israel told a news conference in Moscow tonight. “We cannot say precisely what impact man-caused factors are having on climate changes, and there are no precise damage evaluation of tentative global warming.” True, hothouse gas concentration in the atmosphere will drastically increase if nothing is done about it. This increase will surely drop somewhat thanks to the protocol, but a beneficial effect on global climate will be negligible, as the sceptical scientist sees it.
(Russian Information Agency Novosti)