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Kyoto signatories agree on enforcement mechanism

[JURIST] Signatory nations to the Kyoto Protocol [text; JURIST news archive] meeting at the UN Climate Change Conference [conference website] in Montreal Thursday agreed to a final protocol provision governing the rules for ensuring compliance with emissions standards. A country that exceeds its set goal for emissions will now incur an additional 30 percent penalty and must balance out the difference in emissions during the next period. Countries that consistently miss their emissions goals may lose the right to trade emissions with other participating countries. A solution proposed by Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive], where each country's legislature would determine the enforcement mechanism used by the country, was not considered by the assembly of participating nations. Reuters has more.

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